Star men complete stunning hat-trick
NORTHERN STAR took out their third Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey major premiership in a row with a 2-0 win over East Lismore in the grand final on Saturday.
While the game had plenty of end-to-end action, Star created more scoring opportunities.
Easts fought hard to find the form of the previous weekend but were frustrated by Star's tight marking and passes that often failed to find a team-mate's stick.
Easts goalkeeper Luke Kelso made some great saves with good support from Anthony Moss and Jamie Hetherington. Chris McGuiness, Mitch Carter and Matt Harmon continued to apply pressure for Star and Harmon was rewarded with a goal from a penalty corner lay-off.
With half-time looming Easts worked hard to find the equaliser with Matt Currie putting in a great performance.
The second half was again evenly contested with James Harmon and Dave Kelly in defence for Star called on to make crucial tackles.
With both backs having blinders and Aaron Head on fire in goals for Star, Easts' attack was continually shut down with speedsters Dan Riley and Simon Mackney given little room to move.
Kelly's save on the line had the crowd on the edge of their seats and Easts wondering where their luck had gone.
Michael Broadbent and Ryan Holding worked hard in the midfield for Easts and Jason Rodda put in a solid performance but it may have been that the extra-time drop-off win over Coraki the previous week took too much out of Easts, mentally and physically.
As pressure mounted, Chris McGuiness pounced on a loose ball in the circle with three minutes to go, giving Star a 2-0 lead and leaving Easts with no time.
Star took out the double by winning the A reserve grand final 4-2 over Coraki. Adam Grill, Josh Parmenter, Paul Leadbeatter and Adam Grill scored the goals for Star, while Jason Conte and Perry Thomas found the net for Coraki.
The B-grade match went down to seven a side in extra time before Easts youngster Blake Elder-Robinson scored the golden goal, Easts finishing 3-2 winners over Northern Star.