Grill, Forshaw pile on hockey goals for Star against Grafton
A HAT-TRICK to Adam Grill highlighted Northern Star's 6-2 win over Grafton club Royals at Goonellabah in A-grade men's hockey.
In the other game on Saturday, East Lismore nudged out Barbarians 2-1at Grafton.
Even without the skills and fitness of Mark Harris, Star demolished Royals, handing them only their second loss of the season.
Peter Forshaw opened the scoring for Star three min-utes into the game with a precise touch on a long shot from beyond the 23 into the circle.
Eight minutes later, after a series of passes inside the 23, Forshaw found the back of the net for his second.
Royals rallied and Jack Taylor pegged one back with a solo field goal.
Taylor levelled for the visitors before Grill put Star back in front on the stroke of half-time.
Northern Star were ruthless in the second half.
In the opening moments Grill netted a spectacular goal, directing the ball from an airborne pass into the net.
Matt Harmon made it five with a back-stick shot from the top of the circle and in the dying moments Grill completed his first hat-trick of the season.
Best players for Royals were Taylor, Kane Hancock and Tim Anderson while for Star, Grill and Harmon stood out.
At Grafton, a rejuvenated East Lismore earned their first competition points of the season with a gutsy display.
Barbarians went all out in a tight game.
Goalkeeper Luke Kelso produced his second man-of-the-match performance for East Lismore, repeatedly making crucial saves.
Dan Hughes opened the scoring for East Lismore midway through the first half when he converted a penalty stroke.
Early in the second half Isaac Layton doubled the advantage.
Barbarians forced the visitors to defend their slender lead and that's when Kelso came up with some of the best goalkeeping of the season.
With 10 minutes to go, Barbarians finally cracked the defence but the visitors did enough to hold on.
Kelso and Layton were East Lismore's best players.