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Hockey rescued

By TONY WHITE

FOLLOWING a mass meeting last week, a crisis involving the future of men's and junior boys hockey in Grafton has been averted.

Due to problems created through a lack of administrators and volunteer workers, the Grafton men's and boys Hockey Association competition was threatened with shut down from next month.

However, following the meeting at the Grafton Hockey Fields attended by 30 people, several positions have been filled, including the vacant men's president and local clubs have taken on added responsibilities.

Phil Wainwright, a former president of the men's and boys associations, has agreed to take over as men's president. His position is expected to be ratified at a hockey executive meeting next Wednesday.

"There was a lot of discussion involving the future direction of mens and junior boys hockey," former president Peter Gibbons said. "Overall, the outcome of the meeting was very good.

"Phil has put his hand up to take over as men's president, the job needed someone with experience, and members of the six local clubs took on various duties spread across the board to help ease the burden and workload.

"Basically the new structure should assist the association to get back to concentrating on management issues ? micro rather than macro issues.

"Hockey is back to one body rather than a splintered body."

Wainwright has accepted the job on a two-year tenure.

"I firstly want to find out if there are any underlying problems and then hopefully all move forward. That will come after I meet with the executive," he said.