BIG TUMBLE: Barbs winger Nick Pate goes airborne in the Far North Coast Premier League match against Northern Star at Clarence Valley Regional Hockey Complex. PHOTO: SHANE SEDGER
BIG TUMBLE: Barbs winger Nick Pate goes airborne in the Far North Coast Premier League match against Northern Star at Clarence Valley Regional Hockey Complex. PHOTO: SHANE SEDGER Shane Sedger

Brutal clash raises hockey eyebrows

LISMORE sides have the wood over their Grafton opposition after two rounds of the Inter City Premier League.

The physicality and skill levels have been an eye opener for some, but there was no lack of courage between Barbarians Hagars and Northern Star on the Brent Livermore Field on Sunday. Nick Pate opened the scoring for Barbs when his deflection helped captain Josh Wainwright's cross ball into the goal.

Minutes later Pate was upended by the opposition goalkeeper. He came from the field and iced his neck but later returned.

"Nick got smashed but showed courage and came back," Barbs vice-captain Ryan Creed said.

"He certainly wasn't intimidated."

However, he could not prevent Northern Star coming back to win 3-1, on the back of Barbs' 4-all draw with Coraki in round one.

"We didn't have a whole lot of possession in the second half," Creed said.

"They're probably the benchmark and the pick of the Lismore teams. We've probably played the top two teams first. So overall, considering the step up in skills and the new guys in our side, we're pretty happy how we're travelling."

Sailors hosted Coraki in Grafton's Saturday match and went down 3-2 to the well-drilled visitors.

Coraki had the better of open play and had the game all but wrapped up when Peter Duncan ghosted into the circle from the left and slotted home to lead 3-0 midway through the second half. Sailors showed fight and Patrick Allen and Kane Hancock both scored off penalty corners, including Hancock's off the last play of the game.

Meanwhile, Bears are carrying the flag for the Grafton sides, securing back to back wins with a 4-2 effort away to Ballina.

Royals went down 5-4 to East Lismore in the other match. Teams resume regular club fixtures this Saturday before round three of the Inter City league when Bears take on Northern Star in the top of the table clash.

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Round 2
Coraki 3 d Sailors 2
Northern Star 3 d Barbs 1 Bears 4 d Ballina 2
Easts d Royals



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