Grafton quintet heads to titles
FIVE talented Grafton hockey players have been selected to represent North Coast in the New South Wales CHS Championships which begin tomorrow at the Grafton Hockey Complex.
Anna Brotherson, Olivia Morrison (Grafton High) and Madeleine Richey, Shona Perring and Rachael Payne (South Grafton High) will be key players in a strong North Coast side, which will be aiming for a finals berth on Thursday.
The tournament will pit some of the best female players throughout the State against each other in what should be three days of fast and furious hockey.
The 10 regional sides will be split into two pools with North Coast competing in Pool B against South Coast, Western, Riverina and Sydney East.
Anna Brotherson and Olivia Morrison are expected to play important roles in a North Coast team oozing with class.
According to Morrison, the team has had limited training opportunities owing to travel distances, but should be a more competitive side than the one she played in last year.
“It is basically the same side as last year, which I think ended up coming sixth,” Morrison said.
“We should be stronger this year and a bit more experienced, which will certainly help.”
Morrison and Brotherson are no strangers to representative hockey and both play in the strong local women’s A grade competition with the Grafton High Blues side.
The North Coast side will play against Riverina and Western on Day 1, Sydney East and South Coast Day 2 with the semi-finals to be played Thursday morning.
The team will be coached by Amy Hobbs from Bonalbo.