Grafton girls are NSW champs
GRAFTON Public School dominated the PSSA State Hockey titles at Lithgow on Tuesday, thrashing Harrington Park 5-2 in the girls' grand final of the schools competition.
In a further demonstration of the strength of the sport in Grafton, GPS also made the boys' final in the state-wide knockout tournament.
The girls' success was Grafton's fourth PSSA state title in three years. GPS won the girls' title in 2010 while Westlawn Public School won the boys' competition. In 2011 GPS won the boys' title.
"It was a fantastic result and we had a really strong team all across the field," GPS teacher and girls' team coach Sue Buckley said after Tuesday's success.
"It really proves how strong Grafton hockey is with these kids able to compete against and beat all the other schools in the state."
In the boys' final, Grafton lost 4-2 to Erina Heights.
"The boys played really well to win the semi-final against Wallsend South in the morning, winning 4-1," assistant principal and coach Kevin Bennett said.
"They created a lot of opportunities to win the grand final also but the Erina Heights goalkeeper was outstanding in making a number of great saves.
"Both the boys and girls should be really proud of their achievements and a big thank you should be said to the parents for their support and the P&C Association for their financial assistance."
History of Grafton PSSA hockey success:-
2010: GPS girls won, Westlawn boys won.
2011: GPS boys won
2012: GPS girls won, GPS boys second.