In the circle
LAST weekend saw the Over-40s attend the veterans state titles in Wollongong, with some excellent hockey played by both teams who represented Grafton.
The B division team topped their pool after the qualifying rounds, only to unluckily lose the semi-final in a penalty-stroke playoff to Newcastle after the full time score was nil-all.
From the team, the following players were selected in NSW teams for the upcoming Australian titles to be held in Illawarra in October: Michael Russ, Michael Shipman and Phil Cavanagh.
Tony Ryder and Ray Loy were selected as shadow players.
The D division team also performed well winning one, drawing two and losing the last match in controversial circum- stances to Central Coast, which knocked them out of the semifinals.
Most consistent players were Glen Creed, Geoff Lancaster, Robert Blanchard and Craig Blandford over the four matches, with the side probably exceeding expectations given a short prepa- ration.
nWE also had some good news in respect to the Over-45s with another team being added for the Australian titles, and Neville Lollback has been selected as captain of this team along with Wayne Conyard.
Brett Condie has been selected as a shadow player and from all reports will get a start.
The men's open team leaves Friday for Newcastle to contest the state titles, with the local players having the benefit of the services of Brent Livermore, Peter Kelly and Robbie Green.
Brent has just returned from Malaysia on national team duties, and with these three players, the squad is looking ex- tremely strong. Good luck to them in their efforts this week- end.
WITH the long weekend upon us, their will be no play this coming weekend, and I hope this will let all players have a good rest after a very hectic schedule to date.
The full draw for the remainder of the year should be available late next week, and will be available from your club secretaries.'
Thats it for this week.