GOOD START: Defending premiers Bears won their first game of the season against Royals, prevailing 3-1.
GOOD START: Defending premiers Bears won their first game of the season against Royals, prevailing 3-1. Shane Sedger

Long off season is finally over for hockey players

IT HAS been a long wait but Grafton Hockey Association's Premier League is finally here.

The 2014 season is the most anticipated in recent time, with a new competition structure and the addition of a new mid-season competition against teams from Far North Coast.

Sailors president Darryl Clark said it was a busy off-season for him and the club, but he was happy to finally take the field.

"It has been a long buildup," Clark said.

"There's been a lot of running around trying to organise the different grades and players for each grade.

"We had a new online registration system everyone had to use this year and that got a little chaotic at the end.

"The best part is now we get to play some hockey."

Last year's A Grade grand finallists started with wins in the men's competition, while Kylies registered an unexpected win in the women's comp.

Pick up tomorrow's The Daily Examiner for a full wrap of the first round.



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