Mad Cows hold court at Masters Games
By TONY WHITE
THEY go by the unusual name of Mad Cows, but when it comes to basketball, this group of Grafton women are gold medal-winning performers.
At the Masters Games in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the Mad Cows took the Over-45s competition by storm to win gold.
"It was fantastic. We were all over the moon," team member Wendy Hamilton said.
"The reaction was brilliant.
"It was our first gold medal and everyone was really happy."
The Mad Cows played seven games over a week and after beating Western Australia in the semi-final, triumphed in the final by six points over Darwin-based, The Dolls.
"After this we're already planning to get to New Zealand for the Masters Games in 2007," Hamilton said.
"A lot of the girls went to school together in Grafton. We're all friends.
"We don't all play together these days but try and get away on trips like this (Alice Springs).
"We always have a good time."
The bulk of the team are long-term friends from Grafton, with three members from Red Rock and Coffs Harbour.
The team was managed by Jan Fletcher.
After arriving back in Grafton last Sunday the Mad Cows proudly wore their gold medals, caught up with friends and relayed stories at the annual Jacaranda Basketball Carnival.
Behind every unusual moniker there is generally a story and the naming of the Mad Cows involves an interesting acronym.
"Monica Geary's daughter Sharn came up with the idea," Hamilton said.
"There are mothers, aunties and daughters (Mad) who play together and we're all just a bunch of crazy old women (Cows).
"Sharn made all our uniforms."