Grafton masters launch assault at Australian titles
HOCKEY: Grafton Hockey Association will be well represented over the next fortnight with a strong contingent of six players representing New South Wales at the Australian Masters Hockey titles which began in Hobart yesterday.
Royals Premier League captain Matt Lobsey will captain the NSW Over 40s side in his first year in the age group after stepping up from the Australian Over 35s side last year.
Fellow Australian player Mick Russ will captain the NSW Over 50s 1 side who begin their campaign against Tasmania next week.
Scott Thompson will play in the NSW Over 50s 2 side while Andrew Terrey will take up the vice-captain's role in the Over 60s side.
Fellow Grafton Hockey Association player Kane Hancock was selected to represent Queensland Over 35s after missing out on NSW selection.
Terrey, who doubles as the Chairman of NSW Masters Hockey, said the impending tournament was an exciting time for the Grafton players.
"To play for NSW is always an honour because NSW always puts out very strong sides,” he said.
"We have got much stronger sides in the younger age groups this year with the big incentive of playing at the Masters World Cup in Barcelona next year if you earn selection.”
Terrey's Over 60s side is out to claim a three-peat of championship wins and he said there was pressure on the side after their clean record at the championships.
The tournament is one of the biggest master's events in the country, with 85 teams competing across nine different age groups.