Gosford’s Rhiley Carr and Souths’ John Fernance now occupy top-three spots on the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League goal-scoring list for 2018 after landing bagfuls in wins on Sunday.
Carr moved to 17 goals for the season and helped defending champions Gosford regain the competition lead after scoring three times in their 7-0 triumph over fifth-placed Maitland on the Central Coast.
Fernance netted five goals for the second time this season and now has 15 for the campaign, guiding the third-placed Lions to a 12-0 thumping of hosts The Entrance.
Rory Walker, who didn’t play this weekend because Norths had the bye, had been leading the league with 16 goals but slips back one position.
Meanwhile, fourth-placed Wests ran out 5-1 victors against University at Newcastle International Hockey Centre with Jacob Searle scoring twice.
Elsehwere and the Kookaburras played out a tense 3-all draw with Belgium over the weekend as they begin their quest to win the last-ever men's Champions Trophy tournament in The Netherlands.
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