Star stay undefeated
NORTHERN Star continued its unbeaten run in JH Williams Premier League men's hockey with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Labrador at the weekend.
In other games involving Far North Coast teams, Coraki defeated All Stars 8-0, Burleigh downed East Lismore 5-2, Capri swept past Ballina 6-0
The game between Star and Labrador was as good as any played this season.
Labrador opened the scoring through former Australian player Grant Smith and he played a key role throughout.
Star levelled shortly before half-time with a goal to Chris McGuiness.
The second half started similar to the first with Smith again finding the net with ease and Labrador seemed to be in control.
But three goals from Star's young Mitch Carter turned the match.
Carter is fast becoming one of the best strikers in the competition.
With Star leading 4-2, Labrador were awarded a controversial penalty stroke, making the final score 4-3. Best for Star were Carter, Hassett and McFadden, with Smith outstanding for Labrador.
East Lismore put up a good effort away to Burleigh but the home team took the lead in the opening minutes and were never headed.
They went into the break 2-0 up and made it 3-0 soon after.
There was a glimmer of hope when Chris Clark, Matt Rodda and Dan Riley combined to give Riley his only goal of the match and Isaac Dawson completed a solo effort from halfway to convert.
But Burleigh kept control of the midfield and rounded out a deserved win.
Best for East Lismore were Boyd and Daniel Hughes.
Coraki were at their best in putting eight goals past an under-strength All Stars 8-0.
Coraki used good field placement and accurate passing to keep All Stars out of the game, scoring all their goals from the field and not converting numerous penalty corners.
Best players were David Brown, Mitchell Scotcher and Trent Brown. Capri scored five of their six goals against Ballina in the first half.
Ballina lifted after the break and benefited from the return of Nathan Fryer, Lou Morgan and recruit Todd Curran from Brisbane.
Even though Ballina were kept scoreless, the future may be a little brighter for the seasiders if they can keep their players on the paddock. Their best players Morgan, Curran and Toby Cronin.
In a FNC reserve grade game, former top-grade striker Adrian McGrath netted five goals in Coraki's 9-2 demolition of East Lismore. McGrath may be a little slower but he remains a brilliant striker at this level.
Reserve grade: Coraki d East Lismore 9-2, North Lismore d Alstonville 3-0, Star d Ballina on forfeit.
B-grade: North Lismore d Summerlanders 3-0, East Lismore d Ballina 3-2, Coraki drew with Alstonville 0-0.
C-grade: Alstonville d Star 5-0, Ballina d East Lismore 2-1.