Forgetful locals on the slide
Mens hockeySix truck accidents on the way to the Gold Coast tested the patience of the local touring sides, East Lismore and Ballina, before they ran on against their respective opponents Mudgeeraba and Burleigh on Saturday.
To make matters worse Ballina neglected to pack their uniforms and were forced to wear some old Gold Coast Bulldogs strip for their game. Whether it was the long sit in the car or the foreign clothing, one thing is for certain, Ballina failed to gel. In contrast, Burleigh hit the ground running, laying on six goals to one. Easts didnt fair all that much better, with an on fire Mudgee coming away with a 4-nil win.
Back in Lismore spectators were expecting a torrid affair when the Allstars and Northern Star locked sticks. They were not disappointed, with the two teams going hammer and tongs until the final whistle, by which time Allstars led 3-2. Despite the no-nonsense attitude of both sides they produced an entertaining match with plenty of shots on goal.
In Murwillumbah an extremely courageous Alstonville almost snatched a highly unlikely draw against last years runners up, the Waratahs, but eventually went down 2-1. In a match which the Waratahs were expected to dominate, a mammoth defensive effort by the redsoilers restricted the Bobcats to two goals, with only gun midfielder Tim Willis and Michael Newell finding the back of the net.
This Saturday Easts will enjoy a well deserved bye. Northern Star are at home to Mullumbimby at 4.20pm; Coraki will follow Star onto Hepburn Park at 5.45pm against competition front runners Labrador; Ballina will play Mudgee on Sunday at 11.25am at Hepburn; and Alstonville will take on the Allstars in Murwillumbah.