Grafton High School’s Emilia Blanch prepares for a tackle at the CHS Knockout game played on Thursday morning.
Grafton High School’s Emilia Blanch prepares for a tackle at the CHS Knockout game played on Thursday morning.

Eight remain

GRAFTON High School's girls' open hockey team has advanced to the final eight in the state after dishing out a 9-0 thumping to Northern Beaches last Thursday.

The star-studded Grafton team blew its opposition off the turf in a clinical display of hockey.

Northern Beaches claimed the title of Sydney Northern winners after impressive performances during the state-wide knockout competition.

However, it was no match for a well-drilled Grafton outfit.

Leading the way for Grafton was representative player Olivia Morrison, who orchestrated the victory from centre-half.

While Morrison skilfully controlled play in attack, Cassidy Chapman and Emilia Blanch were superb at the back, shutting down numerous Northern Beaches attacking raids.

Another Grafton player to shine was state representative player and right-half Anna Brotherson, who was heavily involved in everything dangerous.

Grafton High will move on to the state final series, to be played at Moorebank on September 14 and 15.

The Grafton High open boys' team also booked a place in the final eight with a comprehensive victory over Sydney-based school Castle Hill High.



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