Primary Schools hockey a big hit

THE Daily Examiner Primary Schools hockey competition continues to go from strength to strength.

A National Hockey League player used a short break to run a drill with our talented older players. There was an additional 50 players present for week 2.

The game between Grafton Gold and Westlawn Wanderers was a great game with Gold finally claiming victory 3-1.

Sequoia Ellis was their standout player with Molly Hargens improving. For Grafton Gold, little could separate Tarni Forbes, Emma Fallappi and Shae Livermore. St. Josephs 5/6 team were the real improvers just being pipped by Westlawn composite 1-0.

Westlawn players Kane Essex, Nicholas Pate and Daniel Lavender did a power of work. Grafton Blue Girls 5/6 led by centre forward Clare MacKean.

Three players who stood tall were Tamara Sevil, Emily-Jo and Phoebee Blackadder. In a double for Grafton Public against their across the river mates, Grafton Red beat South Power 5/6 3-0. Westlawn Blue also had a good win, 5-0 over a young St. Mary’s mixed team. Abraham Herbert, Luke Arnott and Jackson Platt played well.

Jye Thompson scored three goals. What was tipped to be the match of the round saw Westlawn Green take bragging rights with a 3-0 victory over Grafton Supersonics.

Natasha Eichmann and Harry Tooth gave them the power up front. The Year 3/4 division saw improvement across the board, with two games catching the eye. The St. Mary’s mixed Year 3/4 team had a mighty 3-2 win over Grafton Magic. For Grafton Magic Kaitlin Pardoe was all over the field. The 2-all draw between St. Josephs and Grafton Ghosties was another highlight. Gabby Harley took out major points once again for St. Josephs. For the Grafton Ghosties little separated the whole-hearted displays of Trey Boorman, Ryley Cropper and Declan Ensbey. Two great improvers in skill level were in the Gillwinga mixed v St. Mary’s mixed magic that saw St. Mary’s hold out 2-1 at the final whistle.

Grafton Giants were on the rampage against South Primary mixed in a 7-1 scoreline. Eli Fahey, Nick Lawson and Ethan Godwin were outstanding while South Primary players never stopped. Most improved for South were Jarred Gardiner, Taylan Ellis and Nathan Bowles. Grafton Gunners upset the Westlawn Warriors 2-0.

Gunners had Emily Gough tremendous in defence while goalscorers Samira Lawson and Skye Blake hit the backboard with powerful shots. For Westlawn Warriors, Will Pollack made some good attacking runs. Jake Martin plays just like his dad - all heart and with great cover defence. South Primary Power ended a great day for the teams with a 2-1 win over Westlawn Wolves. Dylan English, Rio Gardou, Keiley Firth and Katrina Newby excelled. Ella Gilbert was adjudged the player of the round this week showing great effort and good skills. All parents and players note junior sign-on day for all boys is Saturday, June 6 from 12-2pm at the Hockey Centre. All players must have an email and medicare number. Games are held on Saturday afternoons in under-7s, 9s, 11s, 13s and 16s ( Thursday nights for 16s). Google Grafton Hockey Association for all details.

Regional Hockey coaching clinic the following weekend. Book your place. Ella Gilbert. ¾ Westlawn Wolves- ¾ South Primary Power girls.

The Year 3/4 division saw improvement across the board, with two games in particular catching the eye of officials.



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