Paint the town Blue for hockey Origin
By TIM HOWARD
ORGANISERS of the State League cross-border hockey challenge in Grafton this Easter want to turn the venue into a sea of blue.
Grafton Hockey Association spokesperson Bruce Carle said the games between the NSW Waratahs (men) and Arrows (women) and Queensland's Blades and Scorchers would have a 'State of Origin' quality.
"We want them (the Queenslanders) to know they are in Blues territory," Carle said.
Carle is enthusiastic about the quality of players who will turn out for the states.
"Brent Livermore will be playing his first major senior rep game at home," he said.
He is equally enthusiastic about the form of former Grafton star Robbie Green who will be turning out for the Waratahs.
"Robbie is playing probably the best hockey of his life at the moment," Carle said.
"At this stage of his career it's unlikely he will make it to the Australian team, which is a pity, but he's playing really good hockey."
Carle said Livermore and Michael McCann are certain to play as this game will be the first game back for the gold medal winning pair after the Commonwealth Games.
"I'm pretty sure Nikki Hudson (Queensland) is in the same boat."
The Australia Hockey League (AHL) is the most prestigious domestic hockey competition within Australia, with national championships that promote inter-state competition and development for junior teams, Country and Veterans teams.
In addition to the senior games there will be a match between the Grafton Under-17 and the North Coast Academy of Sport team.
There will also be a demonstration of the popular hookin2 hockey that is used to introduce young players to the game.