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.