Women's hockey grand finals hot
THE temperature was hot but the on-field action was even hotter when the hockey grand finals were contested at the weekend.
The spectators were treated to a feast of hockey from the first hit off until the final whistle.
In the day's opening match, Mixtures upstaged McAuley Magic 5-1 to claim the C-grade crown.
Both teams took a little time to settle into the game but Mixtures found their rhythm first with Sarah Donnolly scoring to set up a 1-0 scoreline at the break.
Elly Shipman scored from a corner early in the second half to extend the advantage to 2-0.
Ashley Warby scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 but that was to be the last joy for McCauley with Mixtures sealing the match with goals from Phoebe Brown, Sam Essex and Kaitlin Pardoe.
Sarah Donnolly was named player of the final.
THE B-grade premiership was shared after South High Titans and Demons Tartans played out a 1-1 draw on the grass field.
Taylor Reardon scored just before the break to give South High a 1-0 lead at the break but Natasha McLennan found the equaliser late in the second half to send the match into extra time.
With neither team able to break through for the winner, the teams were crowned joint premiers.
Samantha Duroux was recognised as player of the grand final.
IN the AR3 decider, GHS Cruzers edged out Baileys Stars 1-0 after a tight encounter.
Cruzers started nervously before Chloe Duroux dribbled the ball from her defensive half past several Baileys players and slotted it past the 'keeper.
Baileys had the chance to equalise 10 minutes later but the shot bounced off the post.
Cruzers played wide and used every inch of the turf with Bonne Moon impressive in the mid field.
Chloe Duroux was announced player of the grand final.
In AR2, Kylies Kaos took on a determined Baileys Diamonds outfit that included several players who were backing up from the previous game.
Kaos went on the attack from the opening whistle, driving their way into the Baileys circle to force a short corner.
Lyn Newby was on fire and snapped the ball into the goal to open up an early 1-0 lead but it was to be short-lived
Baileys replied 10 minutes later when Leanne Williams converted a corner.
Williams, who was named player of the grand final, scored again in the second half to give Baileys a 2-1 lead but Koas continued to attack.
With two minutes left on the clock, Kaos were awarded a stroke but were unable to put the ball passed Baileys 'keeper Linda Stevens.
DEMONS Red downed Old Stars 2-0 to take out the AR1 grand final.
Demons had the better of possession in the opening term but solid defence from Old Stars ensured a goalless first half.
Tracey Foulstone put the Demons up 1-0 early in the second term when she scored her first goal for the season.
The goal gave the Demons a lift and soon after Nicole Munns scored to seal the match.
Janine Duroux was named player of the grand final.
THE A-grade grand final featured McAuley White up against GHS Blues and both teams played lovely hockey with some slick passes and fast running onto the ball.
Both sides had their chances in the first half but they amounted to nothing. McAuley's Jess Edwards opened the scoring after the break, capitalising on some lovely play in the circle.
Down 1-0, GHS Blues tried to find the equaliser but were unable to cut the gap with McAuley hanging on for the win.
McAuley were strong all over the field with Cassidy Oseland regularly moving the ball wide to her wing while Angie Day was always focusing her team and feeding the ball through to the forwards.
Sallie Forbes was outstanding in goals for the Blues while Alana Keats and Olivia Morrison gave the forwards plenty of ball.
Brie-Ellen Conyard played well as did forwards Emma Thompson and Anna Brotherson .
Ashley Danvers was named player of the final.
OTHER highlights of the day were the special awards with Life Membership awarded to Janette Blair from Demons.
Coach of the Year was awarded to Wayne Conyard and Junior Coach of the Year was Emma Thompson.
Umpire of the Year was Sharon Martin and Junior Umpire was a joint award to Justine Newman and Marissa Newman.
An Award of Recognition was also given to Vickie Munns for her work as Umpires' Coordinator.
GRAND FINAL RESULTS
A GRADE: McCauley White 1 def Grafton High Blues 0
AR1: Demons Red 2 def Old Stars 0
AR2: Baileys Diamonds 2 def Kylies Chaos 1
AR3: Grafton High Cruzers 1 def Daily Stars 0
B GRADE: South Titans 1 joint premiers with Demon Tartans 1.
C GRADE: Mixtures 5 def McAuley Magic 1