Grafton High Blue on the board
GRAFTON High Blue produced its first win of the season while McAuley White instilled itself as favourite in round 13 of Grafton Women's Hockey.
GH Blue's persistence was rewarded with a 3-1 shock defeat of Kylies on Saturday. It was the type of result that will help boost the young side's confidence moving into the future.
"They've improved every week and now they've made it count," GH Blue manager Julie McIlveen said.
"Next year they'll be highly competitive."
After GH Blue led 1-0 at half-time, Kylies responded early in the second but could not prevent the opposition breaking away to win by two.
McIlveen said it truly was a team effort and the culmination of hard work.
"The coach Wayne Conyard has put in the hard yards and the girls have responded," she said.
"They've listened to Wayne all season and took it on board on Saturday to get the result.
"All of them played above and beyond. To come away with the win was great."
Meanwhile the anticipated top of the table blockbuster fizzled into a boilover, as McAuley White thrashed Demons Green 8-0.
Few could have predicted the final scoreline, especially McAuley coach Peter Herden who went into the clash without several key personnel.
"We had about four senior players out so I thought it could be a game that we might get beat," Herden said.
"But when they had about the same number missing it evened it up. Then it came down to a matter of how the younger ones stood up."
McAuley proved to have the superior depth with the likes of Molly Hargans, Tarnie Forbes and Haylee Gough thriving with the added responsibility while Ellynie Cameron and Murphy Thompson both stood out and goalie Bianca Sedger deserved an honourable mention with a clean sheet.
But Herden was not getting ahead of himself with just two rounds left before the semi-finals.
"Every week is a different week," he said.
"We'll just keep playing what's in front of us."