The Grafton Public School students who will contest the state title in Lithgow tomorrow.
The Grafton Public School students who will contest the state title in Lithgow tomorrow.

Hockey boys aim for own NSW title

GRAFTON Public School may have another state title-winning team in its midst.

Following the school's recent success in winning the State PSSA Tennis title, the boys' hockey team is heading to Lithgow tomorrow for the State PSSA Hockey finals.

Both GPS girls and boys hockey teams were crowned North Coast Champions after winning the statewide knockout competition and travelled to Tamworth last week to take on the North West Champions, Timbumburi Public School.

After a tough North Coast final against Burringbar PS, which went to a third period of extra-time, the boys were expecting another extra hard match against Timbumburi and that is exactly what they got.

Timbumburi shot to an early lead and were up 2-nil at half-time.

GPS coach and teacher Kevin Bennett motivated the boys at half-time and spoke to them about playing more as a team.

The boys returned to the field and quickly scored two equalizers before scoring the winning goal with only five minutes left to spare.

They are all now very excited to be heading to Lithgow for a crack at the state title.

The girls' match was also close with GPS and Timbumburi locked at 2-all at half-time.

The GPS girls were ahead four goals to two with five minutes to go, but Timbumburi equalled from two quick corners.

Heading into golden point extra-time with nine players on each team, it was Timbumburi which scored first.

While the girls were extremely disappointed, they are looking forward to being a force in 2012 as most of the current team is made up of only Year 5 students.

They are all now very excited to be heading to Lithgow for a crack at the state title.



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