ON THE BALL: Justine Newman (GHS) and Shannon Whitton (Kylies) compete for the ball in last weekend’s preliminary final.
ON THE BALL: Justine Newman (GHS) and Shannon Whitton (Kylies) compete for the ball in last weekend’s preliminary final.

Grafton High scrapes in to reach grand final

MCAULEY White and Grafton High School will go head to head at the weekend, in a replay of last year's grand final in the Grafton Women's Hockey.

Grafton High narrowly beat Kylies to progress through to the season finisher but Grafton High manager Michelle Blanch said it was a nerve wracking game.

"Our girls had the opportunity but they weren't converting," Blanch said.

"We won one-nil but only scored that goal in the last three minutes."

Blanch said there was relief in those last few minutes when the game's sole scorer, Chloe Duroux landed a goal - but it didn't last long.

"In the last second the other team had a short corner but they didn't get it in thankfully," she said.

Last year when McAuley played Grafton High in the grand final, McAuley took the top honours.

"Our girls were minor premiers and had best attack and best defence but we got beaten in the final," Blanch said.

"This year I think they've got best attack and defence so hopefully we can turn it around and do the opposite."

McAuley White coach Peter Herden was playing his cards close to his chest about the match up at the weekend.

"We will be poking along doing our thing, I don't like to give too much away," he said.

"It's going to be whoever plays the best on the day."



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