Corakis unbeaten run continues

Northern Stars Danielle Seiffert (right) regularly denied Labradors Laura Shillito possession on Sunday in the opening round of the regional hockey competition.

Coraki maintained their solid start to the season with a 2-all draw against Burleigh in the opening round of the JH Williams premier hockey league at Hepburn Park on Saturday. Jamie Beddoes highlighted his versatility with the splendid opening goal while a rejuvenated Ben Moss cut a swathe through the defiant Burleigh defence to score Corakis second goal.

Even a serious head wound failed to slow Raymond Rodda as he put his body on the line to lead Easts to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Alstonville. Chris Clark, Steve De Boer, Matt Currie and Daniel Hughes all scored as Easts turned around a slow start to the season with a ruthless execution of the redsoilers. Alstonvilles Chris Woolner capped off a fine game for Alstonville with their loan goal.

Brad Hassett and Chris McGuinness were the standouts for Northern Star as they put a makeshift Labrador to the sword 3-1. James Harmon, Ashley Waring and Chris McGuinness scored for Star against the 10-man Labrador team.

Craig Moore led the defiant rearguard action to score the visitors only goal.

Ballina enjoyed their first road trip securing a decisive 5-2 victory over United Vipers in Murwillumbah. Mitchell Harley and Michael Broadbent each secured two goals with veteran defender Tony Porter converting the other.

Star force draws on favourites

Under pressure from competition favourite Labrador, Northern Star showed why their defence is rated one of the best in the competition. Goalkeeper Erin McKenzie, and defenders Leanne Albertini and Danielle Seiffert were standouts as Star held Labrador to a 0-all draw.

Alstonville goalkeeper Tamara Leonard limited the damage with some outstanding work but United still came away 4-0 winners in their game.

Nicole Danvers and Kim Chappell produced inspired efforts back in the myrtle green of Glee in a defiant 2-all draw with Mullumbimby.

Second-half goals to Cassie Douglas and Chappell sealed the competition point.

Griffith finally ended Ballinas dream start to the season with a 2-1 win on Sunday. Ballinas Emily Hunter scored for the seasiders.


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