Locals in second division finals

Mens hockey

In order to keep the lower placed sides interested in the JH Williams Premier Hockey League the competition divides this weekend into two distinct divisional finals. In the first division competition leader Labrador will take on fourth placed Burleigh and second placed Mudgee play third placed Waratah. Meanwhile, the second division finals between eighth and 11th and ninth and 10th, is a predominantly local affair with East Lismore playing Kingscliff at 6.15pm after Coraki play Northern Star at 3.25pm.

Coraki should go into their match against Northern Star full of confidence after beating East Lismore on Saturday 1-nil in a furiously paced encounter. In a match that could have gone either way, Corakis goal keeper Peter Ryan proved the difference, regularly providing spectacular saves for the men in navy blue.

Matt Rodda stood out for Easts as the gold men controlled much of the possession and territory, but when a rebound fell to Corakis Ben Moss in the circle mid-way through the second half, the result was never in doubt as the old stager finished with great control. The fast paced match leaped up another cog after that but Ryans goal remained un-breached.

Intriguingly, Northern Star went down in a match not unsimilar to the East vs Coraki match. Like Easts, Northern Star dominated the United Vipers but failed to convert enough chances with only Phil Smiley Hancock managing to find the back of the net, while the Vipers scored twice. Vipers keeper Andrew Kirby, like Ryan, produced a match winning performance.

In the other match Easts should be full of confidence despite the loss to Coraki as their opponents are coming off a 4-nil drubbing at the hands of the Waratahs.

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