Ballina on the way up
Mens premier league
A hat trick of goals from the stick of Tony Meldrum has promoted Ballina to second on the JH Williams Premier Hockey League ladder just behind Labrador. Meldrums triple, plus a goal to young gun Sam Davis, was more than enough to down East Lismore at Hepburn Park on Saturday. The seasiders came out of the blocks fast, posting a 3-1 lead by half time with Peter Taylor, Jake Baldry and Daniel Riley dominating the midfield. Easts struggled hard but were outclassed by the premiers, who have finally hit their straps after a slow start to the season. Simon Mackney scored for Easts.
In the other local derby Northern Star won the inaugural Adrian Crispo Memorial Shield 4-nil over Alstonville.Mark Albertini (2), Phil Hancock and Thomas Vantaggiato all got their name on the score sheet as the men in black and white moved the ball quickly from defence into attack. Although Alstonville were outgunned, no-one could doubt their commitment during the match, which was tinged with sadness. Adrian Crispo, who recently died in a car accident, played premier league for both clubs in his short life and the Memorial Shield was considered a fitting way to celebrate his love and dedication to the game.
Coraki got the bye. Meanwhile Labrador,Waratahs, Kingscliff and United all posted wins.
All the teams get a break this weekend to lick their wounds and remake their plans for next round.