Vets bent on a little payback
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON District Mens Hockey Association Over-40s team are hell bent on avenging last year's disappointment at the NSW State Championships in Bathurst this weekend.
The team will compete in B Division hoping to be elevated to A's for next year.
Last year, after some impressive performances, the team won through to the semi-finals in Wollongong only to be beaten by Newcastle on penalty strokes.
"We have unfinished business," team captain Ray Loy said. "We're hoping for sunny weather and to leave the fog, mist, minus temperatures and injuries somewhere else."
Grafton's first game is against Illawarra No.2 today.
The team is: Ray Loy(c), Mick Russ(vc), Robert Hull, Jim Brotherson, Scott Thompson, Tony Ryder, Michael Wunderlich, Neville Lollback, Phil Cavanagh, Mick Shipman, Rick Duff, Glen Creed, Ian Ross, David Oseland. Manager: Rick Fischer.
n MEANWHILE, Grafton's Scott Garner is in with a chance to score a gold medal at the Australian Under-18 Hockey Championships currently being conducted in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Garner is one of two goal keepers in the Sportscover NSW team that has won through to the semi-final against Queensland today.
NSW finished the round robin series with five wins and two draws, the same as Western Australia but were placed second on the table on goals for and against (WA 28-11 and NSW 23-7).
Garner is currently attending university at the Australian College of Physed in Sydney and playing for North West Strikers in the Sydney first division competition.
Western Australian take on Victoria in the other semi-final with the grand final scheduled for Saturday.