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Three in a row for McAuley in women's hockey

CROSS PURPOSES: McAuley's Ange Day and Grafton High Blues' Taylah Hamilton cross sticks during Saturday night's grand final. Photo: Shane Sedger
CROSS PURPOSES: McAuley's Ange Day and Grafton High Blues' Taylah Hamilton cross sticks during Saturday night's grand final. Photo: Shane Sedger Shane Sedger

TWO school teams. Two arch rivals. One winner.

This year's Women's A-Grade grand final was a tantalising clash between two young, high-energy teams.

It was also a reprise of the last two grand finals, with McAuley White coming up against Grafton High Blues.

Much to McAuley's delight, the results were also a repeat as Saturday's 2-0 win delivered their third successive premiership.

Peter Herden has been coach for all three premierships and claimed the men's/women's double following City Bears' victory.

"It's been a very good year for us," Herden said. "We had a very good mix of youth and experience in our team and they all played well."

McAuley opened the scoring in the first half when Ashlee Danvers weaved the ball into the circle and passed to Sally Jane Loy who scored.

They doubled their lead later in the half when Tiahnee Cropper worked the ball into the circle. Cropper crossed it to Tarni Forbes who made no mistake finding the goal.

Herden said his team took advantage of their opportunities in the first half, but it was control of the second half that got them home.

"It was a very even sort of game. We just took our opportunities in the first half," Herden said.

"I guess the experience of some of our players helps in that situation.

"We controlled the ball in the second half and limited their chances. We did have a few standout players but I thought it was a great team performance that got us home."

However, Grafton High's performance and never-say-die attitude will have manager Michelle Blanch confident of the future.

Danvers was named player of the grand final and Herden named Grafton Women's Hockey Association's senior coach of the year.

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