Ballina goes down to Bears, while Coraki thrashes Sailors
THERE were two astonishing scorelines in A-grade men's hockey on Saturday, with Ballina going down to Bears 6-3 and Coraki thrashing Sailors 13-1.
Although they were without four regular A-graders, Ballina were brimming with confidence when they took the field at Grafton.
But they could not string together consecutive wins.
Bears scored the first goal in the opening minute to signal their intentions.
Sam Davis immediately retaliated with a superb shot that lifted the visitors.
Davis scored his second when he converted a penalty corner midway through the half as Ballina started to control the game.
But Bears came to life after that and applied plenty of pressure. They were rewarded with two converted penalty corners to go to the break leading 3-2.
Early in the second half Brett Crawford converted a penalty corner in his typical style to level the scores.
However, Bears then took control and scored three goals, denying Ballina attacking opportunities.
At the Goonellabah turf, Sailors were no match for a committed Coraki.
Sailors opened the scoring through Aiden Neaves before Coraki nailed five first-half goals including Shaun Buckett, Matt Scurr, Zac Clark and Harley Brown.
Eight more came after half-time with the scorers being Scurr (two), Tom Brown (two), Sam Brown, Ben Moss, Mitch Harley and Buckett.
The only Sailors player to impress in the mismatch on Saturday was Ryan Lecchi, an under 18.