Mixed fortunes for Grafton in inter-district comp
HOCKEY MEN: There were mixed results for the two Grafton men’s sides in their inter-district clashes over the weekend, with only one side getting the better of their northern rivals.
City Bears were the only side to record a win, scoring a 6-3 victory on home turf. Hugh Cameron and Ben Stone both nabbed two goals.
However while Easts and Barbarians were both fielding understrength teams it was the Lismore side who found first points from a penalty corner.
Barbarians goalkeeper Dean Broomhall was a standout for his side, denying Easts goal after goal with incredible saves.
However, after intense pressure the goals came to Easts from Cooper Stahl and Reece Amos.
Ballina were dominant against Royals, and the score could have been higher if they had put away more of their chances.
The scoring began midway through the first half and Ballina didn’t look back, though a renewed defensive effort from Royals in the second half held Ballina at bay until Corey Watson bagged his second goal.
Kane Hancock scored a consolation goal for Royals just before full-time.
Grafton Hockey Association sports administrator Joel Ward said despite the wet conditions the club was pleased to host Northern Star and Ballina.
“Yes it rained but class synthetic facilities ensure safety and that results are often found,” he said.