Three in the spotlight

IT has been a huge week for Grafton's Women's Hockey players at representative level.

Samantha Duroux has been selected in the NSW State under-13 team and will be playing in the National Championships in Perth from September 29 to October 6.

Ashlee Danvers heads off to Hobart today to join the NSW team for the Under-16 All School Australian Championships.

After a great weekend for the NSW Country team at Bendigo, Maddy Richey has been selected in the Australian under-21 Country team to travel to Fiji in December.

What a wonderful opportunity for Kirralee Monkhouse who was also in the NSW Country team.

Both girls came home wearing gold medals. Manager June Allen was full of praise for the girls. NSW has won the Australian Country Titles for the past six years and in that time the team has only lost two games. What an achievement!

This Saturday will be a great day to come down to the hockey fields to watch the A-grade games. Make an afternoon of it by enjoying an icy cold drink and some hot chips and gravy while you watch Grafton High take on McAuley White at 4.05pm, then catch the Kylies' match-up with Demons Green at 5.20pm. We are looking forward to some great hockey - nearly Olympic standards, maybe!

The competition is down to the last three games before the semi-finals. That means players are not allowed to play down a grade or across a grade from this Saturday onwards.

Following the trip to Taree for the Masters, a large Grafton crowd were on hand to congratulate Kim Wiblen, Cris Matthes, Wendy Butcher, Maxine White and Janet Gould as they were presented with their gold jumpers for being over-50s players at the Masters. Helen Ryan and Sandra Gosling were presented with their green jumpers in the over-60s.

There are a few players who have managed to lose their belongings after Taree. Pilly has lost her blue poncho -if you have accidentally picked up the poncho please see Leanne Pilbeam (Village Angels).

We suspect some other associations might have taken it to make a replica because ponchos will be a great way to keep warm in Armidale next year!

One of the new recruits, Kristie Campbell from Kylies Klassics, was so excited about being crowned joint premiers, that she got changed and rushed back to the pavilion for the presentation. She thinks she must have put her brand new rep shirt (number 114) into a yellow hockey stick bag. If you have a yellow stick bag, please check the pockets for the missing shirt. Give Kristie a call on 6642 2043 if you find her missing shirt.

Don't forget the Demons' 70th anniversary celebrations coming up on Saturday August 25 at Roches Hotel.

Pop down to the Grafton Mall Butchery to see Alana Kenny or call on 0488 428 383 if you want more information.

Presentation evening tickets are now on sale at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club for Friday, September 21. Tickets are $20 per adult or $10 for kids.

Topics:  grafton, hockey, national championships, sports



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