DREAM TEAM: from left, Sally Gardiner (Maclean PS), Brooke O?Dell (South Graffton PS), Olivia Morrison (Grafton PS), Shona Perr
DREAM TEAM: from left, Sally Gardiner (Maclean PS), Brooke O?Dell (South Graffton PS), Olivia Morrison (Grafton PS), Shona Perr

Valley stars at PSSA titles



THE North Coast PSSA girls hockey team enjoyed an outstanding State Championships in Sydney.

Eight Clarence Valley girls played in the North Coast team and another represented the Catholics in the Polding team.

The girls played outstanding hockey to finish second in their pool following six games in the opening two days of the carnival.

This put them into the semi-final against the top-ranked side from the other pool, MacKillop, to earn a place in the final.

This semi-final was undoubtedly the game of the tournament, and despite both sides having numerous chances to score, it was 0-0 at full time.

Two periods of extra time could not separate the teams with the result that MacKillop progressed.

An understandably tired North Coast side backed up against Sydney South West in the play off for third place, and led 1-0 going into the final 10 minutes.

Unfortunately, the hard semi-final took its toll and the North Coast girls ran out of legs, finally going down 1-2 to finish a very creditable fourth out of 14 teams.

At the conclusion of the championships, Grafton Primary's Olivia Morrison was announced in the NSW side to contest the National Championships to be held at Toowoomba in August.

Turning a blind eye

PERTH. ? Australia's Andrew Bogut is getting a crash course in the cut-throat world of American sport, with the NBA Draft hopeful forced to deny rumours he is going blind.

With the countdown continuing until the June 28 draft, the Australian basketball sensation is coming under increasing scrutiny from the American press.

Bogut and former North Carolina forward Marvin Williams are expected to battle it out for top honours in the draft, held in New York, with NBA clubs Milwaukee and Atlanta holding the first two selections.

Williams, 18, is considered the player with the most potential.

College player of the year Bogut is viewed as the safest choice after a dominant sophomore season.



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