Horribles lone hockey victors
BARBS Horribles ended its Far North Coast Reserve Grade Hockey campaign on a positive with a 2-1 victory over Easts Lismore at Grafton on Sunday.
Brad Inmon and Brendan Taylor both scored for Horribles, but it was not enough to see the side finals bound in 2014.
Horribles had a relatively solid showing throughout eight rounds of competition, but fell out of contention when they went down 3-1 to Ballina in round seven.
The win was the only joy for the eight Grafton-based Premier League and Reserve Grade sides across the weekend's matches, as has become a common theme in the inaugural inter-town competition with the Lismore clubs.
As the best-performed Grafton team in Premier League, finishing fifth, a depleted City Bears line up suffered its worst defeat of the series on Saturday, going down 7-1 to Coraki.
On Saturday at Grafton, Kane Hancock scored twice for Sailors including a clever scoop over the goalie to open the scoring in spectacular style. However, the home side eventually went down 7-3 to Ballina as it struggled to contain Scott Hamilton, who scored four goals. Graeme Felton scored Sailors' other goal, while under-16 player Abe Herbert stepped up well.
Barbs' Premier League outfit Hagars lost 4-2 to Easts, with youngster Nick Pate scoring both goals.
Hagars have suffered recent season-ending injury woes including star captain Josh Wainwright (knee), Jacob Mawhirt (hand) and Andrew Loy (ankle).
Despite not fielding any teams in the finals, Grafton will likely still host a semi-final in Reserve Grade and Premier League this Sunday.
A meeting to review the 2014 season of Far North Coast Premier League will be held this Sunday between all teams from both associations to discuss its success and possible changes for the future.
Attention now turns to the local Premier League competition which sees Barbs take on fierce rivals City Bears this Sunday.