Bobcats shock rivals
WARATAH Bobcats continued their stellar start to the 2006 JH Williams Premier Hockey League with a shock 7-1 win over arch-rivals Coraki at Goonellabah on Saturday.
The home side battled gamely but were no match for a rampaging Waratah Bobcats outfit.
The lopsided win comes hot on the heels of Bobcats' 9-1 destruction of Burleigh in last week's opening round.
Bobcats and Coraki have been involved in many tight matches over the years but with many of their stars missing on Saturday, Coraki were no match for one of the most dominant Tweed-Border sides.
Chad Morgan, 'keeper Peter Ryan, Scott Gallagher, Josh Molyneux and Jason Powell did a tremendous job for Coraki in the opening half, restricting the visitors to just two goals.
But then Bobcats took control. Waratahs captain Tim Willis scored four for the game with Dwayne Newell slotting two and Issac Reading one.
Attack ace Michael Newell, who finished with three goals last week, failed to add to his tally but was instrumental as was man mountain Troy O'Keefe, Todd Stanfield, Nick Butterini and Adam Guest.
"We didn't expect that sort of scoreline," Bobcats goalkeeper Mitch Paron said.
"I only had one penalty corner ... I like easy days.
"We have got off to a great start. Unfortunately we have the bye next week, just as we have found some form."
East Lismore continued their great form, overpowering a depleted Allstars 3-0. With Allstar's fielding only four from last year's team they found it hard to match up against Easts though Garath Munroe, Garath Richardson, Jeremy Bartrim and Luke Bartley did their best in attack while Allstars 'keeper Kyle McKenzie was brilliant in the second half.
At Murwillumbah, Ballina beat Mullumbimby 4-2 with Geoff and Sam Davis, Neil Chaseling and Tony Meldrum all scoring goals.Simon Johnston scored a double for Mullumbimby.
In other matches, Burleigh clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit to down Murwillumbah United 7-5, Mudgeeraba belted Northern Star 6-0 and Labrador beat Redbacks 6-2.
In the women's games, Casurina defeated East Lismore 2-1, Waratahs beat Glee 5-1, Mudgeeraba defeat Northern Star 3-1, Glee beat Helensvale 2-1, Kingscliff were too strong for Capri 6-2, Labrador out-played Redbacks 9-3, United Vipers and Griffith played a 2-2 draw and Mullumbimby beat Ballina 2-1.