Waratahs' hockey double

WARATAHS held out a determined Capri 2-1 to win the JH Williams Premier League in men’s hockey.

And the club completed the double yesterday with a win over Casuarina in the women’s final.

Locally there were two rematches from the previous round.

Coraki maintained their dominance over Ballina in a 5-0 win but Alstonville turned the cards on East Lismore 2-1.

Coraki’s impressive game plan against Ballina yielded a goal after 10 minutes, their second straight after and the third just before half-time.

Zach Clark, Trent Brown and David Brown were the scorers and dominated throughout.

Sam Davis played a good game for Ballina in his return from a broken collar bone.

Curran put in a solid performance and Josh Garrett had one of his best games, while Tony Meldrum also played well.

Ballina had their chances in the second half and Lou Morgan could have put the seasiders on the board but missed a sitter from in front.

Mitch Dunstan was instrumental in Coraki’s two second-half goals.

The first came in the second minute when he found space, passed to Ben Moss who found Mitchell Scothcer on the seven-yard spot and made no mistake.

Dunstan finished off a move started by Clark to Dunn and, in a body-length dive, back-sticked the ball past goalkeeper Seymour.

The umpires’ points went to Chad Morgan, Zach Clark and David Brown.

Alstonville opened the scoring against East Lismore in the 15th minute courtesy of a goal by Mitch Harley.

East Lismore levelled almost immediately when Matt Rodda found space.

At the 25th minute Harley nailed his second.

Neither side could find the net in the second half due to some desperate defence and wrong attacking options.

East Lismore had six penalty corners to Alstonville’s two and they had more chances.

Dan Riley, Matt Rodda and Chris Clark were Easts’ best, while Heath Edwards, Derby Bergan and Alex McKendrick played well for Alstonville.

But it seems all teams will need to improve to make an impression on Northern Star this season.

Other results:

Reserve grade: Northern Star d East Lismore 6-0, Ballina d Alstonville 4-1, Coraki d North Lismore 6-1

B-grade: Northern Star d Summerlanders 2-0, Ballina d Norths 3-1, East Lismore d Coraki 2-1

C-grade: Alstonville d Northern Star 3-0, Ballina d East Lismore 5-0

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