Hockey rivals battle for possession.
Hockey rivals battle for possession.

Grafton duo impress at nationals

GRAFTON products Maddy Richey and Rachelle Pole were among those to impress at the uner-18 National Women's Hockey Championships played in Brisbane recently.

Maddy represented Northern Territory and Rachelle was part of the NSW squad that finished runners-up to Victoria, beaten after extra-time and strokes in a thrilling grand final.

Maddy represented the Northern Territory who finished seventh overall after downing Tasmania in the playoff.



CONDITIONS were ideal for hockey on Saturday and McAuley Magic made the most of it, blasting five goals (A Warby (2), Kayla Arnett, E Creighton, E Cameron) in their C Grade-clash against Grafton High Jetz.

Mixtures also were on fire, racking up eight goals (Sarah Donnelly (2), Tayla Lavender (2), Samira Lawson (2), G Cameron, Elly Shipman) to down South High Sharks.

In AR1, Village Angels played McAuley Blue and the Angels were full of praise for McAuley 'keeper Bianca Sedger who had an awesome game in the goals and got plenty of support from Jess Staples. Suzie Pereira scored a hat-trick, while Libby Welldon and Tiff Felton also found the net.

Demons Red's clash against Grafton High Teals was a family grudge match between mothers and daughters and Janine Duroux and Tracey Foulstone were chuffed that the mothers emerged victors this week.

Royals Originals went down to Mamma Bears in AR2 with Sue Jurd scoring the goal of the match. By all reports it was a cracker – unfortunately it was an own goal. On paper, Cheryl Ethel and Rebecca Eichmann were the goal scorers.

Tina Gilmore's little bub, Riley, was the best dressed mascot of the day.

Baileys Diamonds had an even game with Barbarians 2. Mel Cumberland scored the only goal for Barbs.

Demons Tartans were too strong for South High Old Girls in B grade, with Leisa Sedger scoring a double and another to S Conroy.

McAuley Red was impressive against Kylies Krushers with S Forrest, S Lloyd and J Hale scoring goals. Lisa Hill had an outstanding game in goals.

Kylies were head to head in AR3 with Kasuals taking on Kosmics. Kosmics have moved up a grade this year and were solid in defence although Kim Steele got past them twice.



SATURDAY was the final date to confirm player names with association registrar Leisa Sedger who will be finalising the list of players registered with Hockey NSW and providing treasurer Peg James with the numbers.

Peg will be billing clubs this week and she needs club payments as soon as possible so that she is able to arrange payment to Hockey NSW.

Any clubs who sign up new players now will need to complete a Hockey NSW registration form and a “GWHA New Player Form” (available on the web), before the player takes the field.

The next GWHA meeting will be held at the South Club from 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 24.

As our president has now been to Sydney and been presented with her OAM Medal, we think Cheryl should don her posh outfit and her OAM for the meeting.

With this in mind, members are invited to attend in semi-formal attire so that Chez does not feel out of place.

I will have to dig deep to find a frock in my wardrobe. Hoo-roo.

FRENCH FLIGHT: Douglas set to broaden his horizons

FRENCH FLIGHT: Douglas set to broaden his horizons

YAMBA rugby product Kane Douglas is off to Bordeaux.



Poor television reception continues to plague valley residents

UPDATE: Traffic clears after four-vehicle collision

UPDATE: Traffic clears after four-vehicle collision

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