Junior umpires (left to right) Tayla Lavender, Emily Gough, Emma Powell, Ellynie Cameron, Jessica Cotton and Zahli Stevens after completing their training.
Junior umpires (left to right) Tayla Lavender, Emily Gough, Emma Powell, Ellynie Cameron, Jessica Cotton and Zahli Stevens after completing their training. CONTRIBUTED

Final hopes hang in balance

THE race for a place in the semi-finals will go down to the wire when the final round of the regular season is played this weekend.

Such is the close nature of some grades that the semi-finalists won't be decided until the last game on Saturday.

Grafton High Teals and Village Angels are still in the running for the last remaining semi-final berth in AR1. If Angels are to make it they will need to beat Westlawn and hope Teals lose to Baileys.

In AR2 Sailors Eagles, South High Saints and Royals Originals are locked together on 23 points in the battle for the fourth semi-final berth. Sailors will take on Kylies Kaos on Saturday, Saints play Demons Scotts and Royals Originals meet Mamma Bears with fourth place to be decided in the last game of the day.

The make-up of the semi-finals in AR3 is also still to be determined with McAuley Gold and Kylies Kosmics level on points in second place. McAuley will play Baileys and Kosmics take on Grafton High on Saturday with the results to dictate who plays in the major and minor semi-finals.

Teams that make the semi-finals are asked to organise team photos for our grand final coverage.


THE Legends Hockey field was officially opened on Friday and all those involved are to be congratu- lated. We are so fortunate to have two fantastic artificial playing surfaces to complement the grass fields. Thank you to those who have worked tirelessly to make this new surface become a reality.


THE final game for the junior umpires-in-training was played on Saturday. Tayla Lavender, Emily Gough, Ellynie Cameron, Zahli Stevens, Emma Powell and Jessica Cotten have progressed so well during the season and they were presented with their new umpiring shirts. Thank you to Cheryl Kinnane for training and teaching the girls the hockey rules. Thank you also to the senior umpires who have mentored the girls each game. It has been fantastic to see high school umpires Jemma Clark, Marissa and Justine Newman guiding the juniors.

SAILORS held a successful fundraising day on Saturday. The first 100 club was won by Raelene Mills. Dusty Bebbington won the second 100 club; she was playing when the winner was announced and was so excited that she jumped up, twirled around and then bounced down to hit the ball and kept on playing.

LAST year's trophy winners are obviously very attached to the perpetual trophies. Please find those major trophies and perpetual chalices, polish them up and bring back to the pavilion this Saturday. Yvonne Cameron needs all trophies so she can arrange engraving ready for the Presentation Night to be held Friday, September 21.

TICKETS for the Grafton Women's Hockey Association presentation night are now on sale at South Club. The evening will start at 6.30pm for a 7pm meal. Tickets are $20 per adult or $10 for kids under 11.

IT is sure to be a devil of a weekend filled with non-stop talking and laughter when Demons Hockey Club hold their 70th reunion. It is certainly an amazing achievement for a sporting club to reach 70 years and to be still going strong. For tickets phone Alana Kenny on 0488 428 383

A FEW minor injuries seem to be taking their toll on players. Allie Herden and Kylie Wicken are among those on the injured list after Westslawn's recent match against Baileys. Kylie reportedly has a fractured bone in her foot after being hit by a ball whacked by Allie, who apparently also has a fractured bone in her foot after she was then hit by a ball belted away by Karen Gorton.

THE Annual General Meeting will be held at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club from 6.30pm on Tuesday, August 28. A quick meeting is a good meeting, so come along and be prepared to nominate yourselves to join a committee.

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