Grafton girls impress at states

THE under-18 girls’ representative team enjoyed a fabulous weekend at the state championships in Newcastle.

Coach Wayne Conyard said the team had worked well together and everyone had played their hardest and stepped up to the challenge of higher-standard games.

The girls opened their campaign against Lithgow on Friday afternoon.

The match was a tight affair but a disallowed goal proved costly for Grafton, with Lithgow winning 1-0.

In Saturday’s opening match, the girls tackled Far North Coast and emerged 3-0 winners, with the forwards combining well after benefiting from some smooth lead-up work.

Grafton then played the in-form South Coast, which had won its two opening games 5-0.

South Coast led 3-0 early but the Grafton girls refused to concede, clawing their way back to trail 3-1 at half-time.

Grafton continued its fightback in the second term and slowly took control of the match to claim an impressive 4-3 victory.

The opposition was shocked but the Grafton supporters were thrilled with the comeback.

In their third match of the day, Grafton played a goalless draw with Central Coast.

In Sunday’s finals, Grafton played Newcastle, which had finished on top in Pool B.

Newcastle ran out an impressive 3-0 winner, before downing Lithgow in the Division 2 grand final.

Grafton’s Ashlee Danvers was awarded The Encouragement Award at the end of the carnival.

Thanks go to the coach, manager Michelle Irwin, Gaylene Monkhouse (tech bench official) and Lyn Newby, who umpired for the weekend.

The paperwork and form-filling continues. Our new competition registrar, Kylee Baker, needs to be informed of each club’s registrar. Please contact her on gwharegistrar@y7mail.com and provide her with your club name, contact person and a contact email.

Coffs Harbour Hockey Association will host a HockeyEd community level coaching course at Coffs Harbour on Saturday, March 19, from 11am to 2pm on its turf.

It is free. If you wish to attend, phone Debbie Baldwin, on 0417 429 788 or email dbaldwin@ceinternet.com.au

Kylies Hockey Club will be celebrating 50 years of hockey this year. The committee is trying to track down ladies who played for Wasps from 1949 to 1953, Wrens from 1954 to 1960, or Kylies from 1961.

If you know a former Wasp, Wren or Kylies player, please ask them to contact Carol Inmon (6642 1383), Trudy Schultz (6644 0079), or Teena McLaren 0418 438 750 or zinger@bigpond.net.au.

Kylies will be having a reunion dinner on Saturday, July 9, at the South Grafton Ex-Services Club, which no doubt will be a buzz.

Next meeting for GWHA will be on Tuesday, March 22, from 7pm at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

The proposed changes to by-laws will be voted on, while the final arrangements for the start of the hockey season will be discussed.

See you there.

Don’t forget to email me details of your club’s events on robndave@aapt.net.au.



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