LOW FLYING: Grafton High’s Justine Newman tries to get to the outside of the Demons’ defence during their match on Saturday. PHOTO: SHANE SEDGER
LOW FLYING: Grafton High’s Justine Newman tries to get to the outside of the Demons’ defence during their match on Saturday. PHOTO: SHANE SEDGER

Women's hockey comp heating up

AFTER last week's upheaval of the Women's A-grade Hockey competition, this weekend's round was meant to be back to normal.

But the results showed anything but that, with Demons Green outgunning Grafton High Blues 1-0 and Kylies giving McAuley White a scare before going down 3-2.

Grafton High Teals were dropped out of the top flight competition prior to the round, and the remaining teams played as if they had to justify the A-grade standard.

Demons coach Ron Chaffey was pleased with his side's upset win in an open game.

"Our strength was through our halves line and Nikita Oxenbridge and Grace Barry were standouts,'' Chaffey said.

"Grace broke down a lot of Grafton High's play on the right side, and that was key.

"Both Grafton High and McAuley play a similar style, and if they get a break they make you pay."

A goal to Lianna Watkins was the only shot which separated the two sides on the scoreboard, but Grafton High were unlucky not to square the match in the second half after hitting the post.

In what would have been the boilover of the season, Kylies led 2-0 over top seeds McAuley, before being run-down by last year's premiers.

"All the girls gelled well together and to have that 2-0 lead was a good start," Kylies president Trudy Schultz said.

"It definitely gives us the knowledge and confidence that we can beat them on our day.

"The way McAuley fought back was impressive though."

Many of the McAuley players were backing up after a hectic couple of days playing in the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges championships at Tamworth.

Neither of the McAuley women's teams progressed to the finals, but the McAuley open boys' team won the title.



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