Waratahs confirm premiership credentials

WARATAHS look the team to beat in the run to the final next month after a 4-2 win over East Lismore inJH Williams Shield men's hockey on Saturday.

In other games played at the weekend, Northern Star downed Ballina 3-1 and Coraki demolished Kings-cliff 6-3.

Waratahs and Easts started at a cracking pace with precision passing from both sides and pace on and off the ball.

Easts had four penalty corners in the first half and Waratahs two but none were converted during a goal-less first period.

Seven minutes into the second half Willis opened Waratahs' account with a solid shot through traffic.

Easts stayed composed and were rewarded with a penalty stroke after Marcus Currie was deliberately stick-checked.

Ryan Holding made no mistake with the flick.

After repelling plenty of pressure, Waratahs went ahead again in the 13th minute when Dean Stanfield touched in a penalty corner shot.

Young Jayden Dixon put Waratahs further in front with a brilliant back-stick shot against the run of play.

Easts continued to hang in and were rewarded with a second penalty stroke in the final five minutes.

Holding stepped up and again did the job.

Two minutes from full-time Stanfield scored his second with a solo run from the halfway line.

At Ballina, Northern Star led 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Frost.

Star went further in front in the second half when Mitch Carter made no mistake in finding the net with a solo effort.

Ballina hit back immediately through Smith and things were close.

Carter provided the buffer late in the second term and Star hung on for a 3-1 win as Ballina rued missing their opportunities.

At Murwillumbah, Coraki led 4-0 before Kingscliff converted two late penalty corners to close the gap at the break.

In the second half Coraki extended the lead to 6-2 before Kingscliff picked upa late consolation goal.

Coraki's goals came from Adrian McGrath (two), Duncan, Mitch Scotcher, Mitch Harley and David Brown.

POINTSCORE

Waratahs 35, Northern Star 25, Coraki 24, Easts 19, Kingscliff 11 and Ballina 6. (Coraki and Kingscliff have a deferred game to play)



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