East Lismore player Adam Moore (right) shoots for goal under pressure from Coraki’s Simon Brown in their JH Williams Premier League clash at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday.
East Lismore player Adam Moore (right) shoots for goal under pressure from Coraki’s Simon Brown in their JH Williams Premier League clash at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday. Marc Stapelberg

Waratahs cruise to big win

WARATAHS made it look easy against Ballina, winning 6-2 in JH Williams Premier League men's hockey on Saturday.

Northern Star accounted for Kingscliff 4-1 and Coraki defeated East Lismore 3-2.

Tim Willis scored four goals in Waratahs' win over Ballina.

They led 4-1 at half-time.

Waratahs capitalised on any error Ballina made and were just too quick to the ball.

Willis was Waratahs' best while Josh Garrett did well for Ballina.

Star travelled to Murwillumbah and led 1-0 at half-time from an Adam Grill goal.

Kingscliff drew level but discipline let it down with two yellow cards and Grill scored his second goal before Pete Forshaw picked up a double.

Best for Star were Tom Vantaggiato and goalkeeper Zach Grace.

East Lismore opened the scoring against Coraki in the opening minute when Marcus Currie found the back of the net.

Coraki soon regained their composure and mounted some solid attacks.

Both sides were under-strength with players at the Academy Games in Wollongong.

Easts have also lost key striker Troy Cooper to injury for an extended period.

Chris Clark put Easts up 2-0 midway through the first half when he picked up a mis-trap from Coraki's defence and made no mistake with a half volley into the back of the net.

Adrian McGrath pulled one back from a penalty corner but East Lismore still led 2-1 at the break.

Coraki levelled in the 10th minute when Peter Duncan scored off a Mitch Harley pass.

McGrath put Coraki in front with his second goal with a good solo run 14 minutes in, scoring high in the net.

Both sides had chances after that but Coraki hung on.

Ray Rodda has made a welcome return for Easts and was strong out of defence. Simon Brown also was outstanding for Coraki.

Blake Elder Robinson was East's best.

In Far North Coast women's A-grade, Northern Star defeated Glee 2-0 at Hepburn Park and Ballina lost at home to East Lismore 4-3.

Cassie Hughes and Nicole Danvers had runaway second-half scoring chances for Glee but failed to finish off in Star's circle.

Midway through the second half Star's Helen Moseley found the net from a pass by Tracey Makings and the second goal came from Amanda West, off a penalty corner rebound, close to full-time.

East Lismore took the points in a close match after Ballina came out firing from the first whistle to forge ahead 2-0.

Easts bounced back with two goals before the break.

Easts had the better of the second half going to 4-2 lead before Ballina closed the gap in the dying moments.



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