Barbs to miss Urquharts
BARBS Hagars are flying as the highest ranked Grafton side in the Far North Coast Men's Premier League Hockey this season.
But the real test starts this weekend when they start life without Troy and Laurie Urquhart. The brothers leave for a three-month surfing adventure in USA and Mexico on Sunday.
Troy missed the 2014 season for a similar 10-month trip. His return to the side's midfield and centre forward Laurie's high strike rate on goal have translated into success for Barbs.
"We're definitely missing out on the good end of the season which is a bummer," 25-year-old Troy said.
"But we've got a team of young fellas who are going pretty strong this year and a few experienced fellas who can come back so it shouldn't worry them.
"Josh Wainwright is lethal and maybe Brad Inmon might step up."
Now that Laurie, 23, has caught Troy's travel bug there will be some major holes to fill when Barbs take on Sailors at 2.50pm on Sunday.
"We finished second in Premier League and were going all right," Laurie said. "Getting Troy back in midfield was handy and the team's bonded better this year.
"Some older blokes who used to play A Grade might have to come back."
The Urquharts, who also play cricket for Yamba, return in November.