Livermore delivers more
AUSTRALIAN hockey player Brent Livermore returned to Grafton last weekend to assist standards for junior hockey players.
He attended all groups from advanced to beginners at the Regional Coaching Clinic.
Along with Grafton’s best coaches, more than 90 players had their skills improved over two three-hour sessions.
He then set the standards for the under-15 and 17 representative squads who had their first training run before their state titles in May.
But most notable was his willingness to be the head coach of the Grafton Hockey Academy.
Specialised training will be offered to a select squad of 15 boys and 15 girls over a 10-year period.
The program will also be extended at two other levels - representative player programs and programs for club members.
The Grafton Hockey Association coaching committee will be selecting the first 20 academy squad players over the next few weeks.
The association is bristling with unbelievable talent and this local academy squad will be benefit immensely from the 10-month program.
There is an increase in teams, especially in the juniors. Men’s A-grade has all teams entering newcomers from their junior development program. The Grafton Junior Committee and Grafton Hockey have been working during the off-season to implement fresh ideas.
Grafton Men’s Hockey amalgamated with parent body the Grafton Hockey Association. A new rewards program for clubs has been implemented to help clubs.
A major emphasis this year is the Community Hockey Service award.
Major dates coming up: under 15/17 representative squad selection each Sunday 9-10.30am.
Week 1 draw on website on March 20. Under-16 competition starts March 25. First week of juniors March 27-28.
Livermore coaching clinics on April 12-13. Grafton Youth Super League starts April 16.