IN ELITE COMPANY

By TONY WHITE

WANT to play alongside Grafton-born Olympic hockey hero Brent Livermore and NSW representatives Robbie Green and Peter Kelly?

All you need to be is fit, well-drilled, disciplined and consider yourself a player of high standard.

Grafton Hockey Association are seeking interested players who want to partner the star trio and represent Grafton in the NSW mens open hockey championships at Newcastle over the long weekend in June.

"We are seeking expressions of interest from local players particularly our younger, elite players," GHA president Bruce Carle said.

"Really it's a fabulous opportunity having the chance to play alongside Brent, Pete Kelly and Greenie.

"Brent knocked back several offers to play with other teams because he genuinely wants to represent Grafton.

"I believe we should look after him (Livermore) as he has tried to look after us for many years.

"This is great chance to play and learn from the best."

Livermore, Green and Kelly were known as the 'Grafton Connection' in the NSW team that won the Australian Hockey League Championships in Brisbane earlier this year.

Livermore captained Australia's gold medal-winning men's hockey team at the Athens Olympics in Greece.

Last year Grafton hosted the NSW open mens Championships on the new Brent Livermore water-base and Legends fields.

Carle said the Association was hoping to attract a squad of around 22-25 players by this weekend to begin training.

The final 16-man team and reserves will be named at a later date.

While Livermore will coach the team, the Association are also seeking an umpire and team manager.

Interested persons should contact Bruce Carle at work on 66409438 or Chris Blanchard on 0438660136.



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