Star downs Co­raki for ti­tle

Pre­mier­ship re­claimed in 5-2 vic­tory

The Northern Star - - SPORT - Clint Mal­lett sport@north­ern­star.com.au

NORTH­ERN Star re­claimed the pre­mier­ship with a con­vinc­ing 5-2 win over Co­raki in the A-Grade men’s hockey grand fi­nal at the Goonellabah Turf on Satur­day.

It took Star six min­utes to open its ac­count against a de­ter­mined Co­raki when Brad Hughes con­verted a penalty cor­ner with a

❝snuck Frus­tra­tion

into the game and the cards started to flow...

qual­ity flick over a des­per­ate and div­ing Jack­son Gwynne in goal for Co­raki.

Mid­way through the sec­tion Star’s Adam Grill was sit­ting high and un­marked and picked up a per­fect pass and back sticked a shot through Gwynne’s legs to make it 2-0.

Co­raki pegged one back but it was dis­al­lowed in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances.

Hughes scored his sec­ond when he con­verted a penalty cor­ner con­ver­sion with an­other solid low flick.

At the break Star led 3-0 and four min­utes into the sec­ond sec­tion Star was awarded a penalty stroke for an ac­ci­den­tal foot which Brad Hughes eas­ily con­verted to put Star up 4-0.

Four min­utes later Co­raki was awarded a penalty stroke for an ac­ci­den­tal foot and Mitch Dun­stan made no mis­take, smash­ing it past Cameron Horne in goals for Star.

Star scored its fifth when Tom Van­tag­giato con­verted a penalty cor­ner.

Frus­tra­tion snuck into the game and the cards started to flow, with three yel­low cards in as many min­utes.

Har­ley Brown, fresh from a spell, scored Co­raki’s sec­ond with a crack­ing back-stick shot that left Horne no chance.

Co­raki’s sec­ond half was its bet­ter half and it took the game to Star, but the lead was too great and Star did enough to get the win.

PHOTO: SHEZ NAP­PER

RE­LIEF SHOWS: North­ern Star men and women's A-grade hockey teams cel­e­brate after win­ning grand fi­nals on Satur­day.

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