Joint State title for five of young hockey stars
FIVE young Grafton hockey players have won State Championship medals.
The quintet were members of the North Coast team that was declared joint winners of the NSW PSSA boys NSW Hockey Championships at Western Sydney International Hockey Centre, Kingswood in Sydney.
Jacob Mawhirt, Wade Grain- ger, Nick Weller and Jordan Weller from Grafton Primary School and Joshua Lollback from Westlawn Primary School played in the North Coast team that went through the Championships undefeated.
Against five other teams in their pool, the North Coast side amassed 29 goals to one against, winning all five matches convincingly.
The North Coast team has been coached by Howard Guest (Burringbar Primary) for the past 31 years.
South Coast (16 goals to 5 against) won the other pool from North West.
North Coast was scheduled to tackle North West for a place in the grand final last Thursday but due to inclement weather the Championships had to be abandoned and officials declared North Coast and South Coast as joint winners.
Another Graftonian, Jacob Sullivan from St Marys, played for the Polding (Catholic) team at the Championships.
While the Grafton quintet failed to make the NSW team for the Australian Exchange National PSSA Titles scheduled for Aug-Sept in Toowoomba, Queensland, three North Coast players ? Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah East), Jake Farrell (Murwillumbah East) and Markus Currie (Denoon) ? won selection in the NSW team.