Women's hockey top teams under spotlight

YOU will notice there is a new section to the column this week, right.

Each week I will profile a team from the women's A grade competition.

McAuley White is first on the list.

• WOW, I thought that it might have cooled down for hockey this week, but there seemed to be quite a few hot and exhausted players on Saturday afternoon.

There was a busy queue at the canteen buying desperately-needed drinks to replenish the fluids.

Some players thought that they should have been at the Grafton Show, trying the thrill-seeking rides, rather than sprinting up and down the fields in the heat.

South High players were busily holding a stall to raise funds for their new hockey uniforms. They would like to thank all the players who supported their stall.

Thank you to the girls and their parents who contributed in some way with serving, cooking, crafts and Mothers' Day gifts. We look forward to seeing the girls in their new uniforms shortly.

The club invoices will be finalised and distributed on Saturday - all club delegates should check their pigeon holes for their invoices.

Please make club payments promptly as the GWHA must make final payments to Hockey NSW. Please check invoices carefully against your players lists and contact Peg James if there are any discrepancies.

The final hour-long rule book review session will be held on Monday night at the hockey centre, from 6pm.

Thanks to Vickie Munns, Cheryl Kinnane, Lyn Newby and Chris Danvers, hockey rep uniforms can now be purchased by players. All players for under-18s, opens and veterans will need their own uniforms this year.

The uniforms for players in under-13s and 15s will be phased in over the next two years.

On Saturday there will be a uniforms sale in the pavilion from 1-5pm. Prices: new skirts $50 (size 14 and under); $55 (size 16 and up); old skirts - all sizes - $25; old shirts $25; new shirts $30.

For further information please contact Chris Williams-Matthes on 6644 7788.

The under-15s travelled to Newcastle last weekend.

Trevor Pate (coach no.2 team) reported that the team was in a very strong pool. They played Coffs (nil-all draw), and went down to Central Coast (0-5), and Manning Valley (0-6).

When the girls were playing Tamworth they had most of the attack and were so close to scoring a goal, but then the rain started. According to Trevor, it was torrential and the game was ultimately washed out.

Despite the scores, the girls played well and even when they were down three or four goals, they continued to play hard and did not give up. Trevor was proud of their efforts.

The no.1 team played against a visiting New Zealand team a few days before they went away and beat them 2-0.

In Newcastle the girls beat Tamworth 1-0, New England 2-1, and then went down 2-0 to old foes, Parramatta. Parramatta scored a goal in the first two minutes and another in the 47th minute.

During the game there was torrential rain, but officials brushed water off the turf and the game continued. All players held their heads high and fought right to the end.

At the end of the carnival, the team were awarded the 'Play the Whistle' Award for good sportsmanship on and off the field. Well done, girls.

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