Hockey talent on the road to Adelaide
HOCKEY: Grafton Hockey Association's crop of outstanding youngsters are once again proving their worth with four rising stars ready to take on the best players from around the country and beyond at the 10th Pacific School Games in Adelaide next week.
Grafton High School representative Jake Lambeth will join the NSW Secondary Schools Boys' side, coached by local school teacher Scott Smith, while McAuley Catholic College's talented youngster Grace Young will join the respective girls' outfit.
Grafton High student Sarah Donnolley was also selected to join the NSW team but has opted out of the competition.
In the junior ranks, Grafton will be represented by multi-sport star Keaton Stutt in the NSW PSSA team while emergent Lawrence hockey star Mackenna Ensbey has earned a place in the girls' NSW PSSA side.
Ensbey and Stutt have made the 16-hour journey to Adelaide together with Ensbey's family, and while nerves were felt early on, the Grafton Public School star said she is just excited for the tournament now.
With teams coming from across Australia as well as China and New Zealand among other nations, the competition is set to be a thrilling contest.
"I am excited to come up against some of the best players not only from Australia but from around the world,” she said. "The format of hockey is slightly different for the games, but we have had two training sessions as a team and we are ready for the challenge.”
The Games will include basketball, diving, soccer, goalball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, swimming, touch football and track and field events and will kick off with an opening ceremony tomorrow.