Pushing ahead

Maddy Richey pushing out during a penalty corner play for her Demons hockey club A-grade side.
Maddy Richey pushing out during a penalty corner play for her Demons hockey club A-grade side.

GRAFTON hockey duo Maddy Richey and Kirralee Monkhouse starred as part of NSW country's win at the Australian country hockey titles at Bendigo last week.

Richey was dominant at outside half and secured herself selection in the under-21 Australian country side, whilst Monkhouse figured heavily on the scoresheet with three goals.

The other good news for Richey is that the Australian side will tour to the warmer climes of Fiji in December.

"It was a great week down at Bendigo, although it was definitely chilly," Richey said.

"We played seven games over eight days and both Kirralee and myself feel like we got plenty out of the week.

"Our manager June Allen was also from Grafton and she and our coach Wally Gaynor were great.

"He had a great coaching style and a lot of knowledge to pass on."

NSW country defeated the Australian Defence Force 2-0 in the semi-final before toppling Western Australia in the final 4-2.

Richey's role at outside half didn't allow her to get too near the attacking circle, but Monkhouse as striker was a regular in the scorebook.

Monkhouse, who was called into the line-up late after initially being selected as a shadow player in the squad, scored three goals overall, including a great double in the victory by New South Wales over Victoria.

Topics:  grafton, hockey, sports




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