THWACK: Grafton 1’s Tyler Gaddes smacks one through the Orange defence during the Division 2 grand final. Grafton 1 won 5-0. Photo: Debrah Novak
THWACK: Grafton 1’s Tyler Gaddes smacks one through the Orange defence during the Division 2 grand final. Grafton 1 won 5-0. Photo: Debrah Novak

Grafton’s hockey reputation stronger after successful titles

IT TAKES a lot of hard work, commitment and people power to ensure the smooth running of state championships in any sport.

But when it comes to hockey, there is no equal to Grafton.

The combined efforts of Grafton Hockey Association and Grafton Women's Hockey Association again put on one of the best, most seamless championships in the state this weekend.

GHA executive officer Chris Blanchard puts it down to both associations learning from previous experiences.

"Both associations helped out and everyone stepped up when they needed to," Blanchard said.

"It's something we've always had when we've worked together in the past and we've run enough of these to know what works and what doesn't.

"When it comes to these events we know our roles."

Hockey NSW praised the efforts of GHA and its volunteers during the presentation ceremony, in which Grafton featured prominently.

"It's always good to have a home town win," Blanchard said.

"These boys won't be out of place when they go up to Division 1 next year.

"As much as we'd like to host those prestigious 18s or opens comps, the 13s and 15s are the best for our region."



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