No one is quite sure what the weather is doing next but we all know Grafton’s hockey players are getting ready for this season, rain, hail or shine.
No one is quite sure what the weather is doing next but we all know Grafton’s hockey players are getting ready for this season, rain, hail or shine.

Hockey clubs in race to be ready

THE A-Grade hockey competition will start on Wednesday, March 30, and all other grades will start on Saturday, April 2, so there is a big rush to complete final preparations.

Club registrars should have received an email from association registrar Kylee Baker with instructions for online registrations and a list of their club players’ usernames and passwords.

Player registrations are to be entered into the system and then the NSW Hockey registration forms and team sheets are to be returned to Kylee by next Monday.

Paperwork can be delivered to her at work (70 Pound St, Grafton, CVC office), or home (20 Pine St, Junction Hill). For inquiries contact Kylee via email

The first instalments of fees were distributed at Tuesday night’s meeting and are due by April 9. Clubs are charged $350 per senior team nominated, $250 for under-18 teams and $80 for teams under nine. Fees are to be paid to Peg James.

There will be a combined umpires meeting on Tuesday, at 7pm in the hockey pavilion.

This meeting, which will provide details about rule enforcements for the year, is compulsory.

Vickie Munns requires the umpire sheets for teams by tomorrow so she can organise the draw for next weekend. Each team is required to nominate two umpires, one of whom should be a team player.

President Cheryl Kinnane desperately needs volunteers to assist with the junior umpires’ program on Saturday mornings. For details phone 6642 5157. The girls are very keen to start umpiring but they do need an adult helper alongside them.

Coaches and managers are required for the two under-15 representative teams. The selectors have picked the teams and the girls are keen to start training. The under-15 championships will be held at Armidale from June 11-13. Interested people can send their applications to the GWHA coaching committee – Janette Blair, secretary Janelle Pole or president Cheryl Kinnane.

The under-15 rep players need to organise their uniforms now. If you require skirts, tops or track suits, please contact Chris Danvers on 6642 3601. As skirts need to be made, it is essential that these are organised now, not at the last minute.

The women’s veterans’ carnival will be held in Bathurst from July 28-31. The Grafton contingent will travel down on Wednesday, July 27, leaving at approximately midday. Players who have expressed an interest in attending must fill out a nomination form on Saturday, April 2. The forms will be available from the pavilion.

Vets wishing to order the NSW Hockey Vet jumpers need to have their orders in by May 20.

Parents or interested players are needed to co-ordinate the minkey hockey on a Saturday morning. Minkey is a coaching program for pre-school-aged boys and girls. The program is designed to introduce young children to the skills involved in field hockey in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere, with the emphasis on involvement and fun. The job satisfaction for this job is high. Contact the committee if you are interested in being the big kid among the littlies.

Due to rising numbers, Grafton High Hockey Club needs another coach for its new AR 3 team, GH Angelz. Anyone interested in applying please contact Donna Pate on 6643 2436 or mobile 0402 559 127.

Helen Laurendet wants to sell some goalie gear. Clubs or players interested should ring Helen on 0422 085 782

Alan Riddell (6644 6075) has asked me to remind the mothers of under-15 boys that the selection trials are on Sunday from 9am-10.30am. All boys are encouraged to attend.

Enjoy this weekend because hockey will be up and running from next weekend.

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