EVEN without Mark Harris and Matt Harmon, Northern Star was too strong for Ballina in Premier League men's hockey, winning 4-1.
In the other game locally, Coraki came from behind to get over East Lismore 4-3.
Star were polished but Ballina played some good hockey too.
Adam Grill opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a shot almost from the backline that sailed past Ballina goalkeeper Adam Ryan.
Harry Smith made it 2-0 when he finished off some good teamwork.
Right on half-time Thomas Vant- aggiato laid off to an Brad Hughes, who made no mistake.
Ballina started the second half well and their efforts were rewarded with a goal to Sam Davis.
It took Star 30 minutes to score their only goal of the half - Brad Hughes' second.
Easts and Coraki played in wet conditions but the game still began at a hectic space. Isaac Layton opened Easts' account 12 minutes in with a great solo goal.
Coraki retaliated three minutes later when Alex Powell converted a penalty corner but when Joel Johnson scored, Easts led 2-1.
Mitch Harley put Easts 3-1 up seven minutes into the second half but Powell brought Coraki back to within one when deflected a Mitch Dunstan pass into the net.
Powell fond another deflection for his third goal to tie it up 3-all with 22 minutes to go.
Easts defended stoutly but final- ly succumbed to Coraki pressure when Ethan White scored.
Easts did all they could to final an equaliser in the last five minutes but their efforts went unrewarded.