BREATHING NEW LIFE: Karen Willows and Nicki Martin stand in front of members of the Clarence Hockey Club which has been formed this season. It is the newest club since Village Green Angels in 2001.
BREATHING NEW LIFE: Karen Willows and Nicki Martin stand in front of members of the Clarence Hockey Club which has been formed this season. It is the newest club since Village Green Angels in 2001. Christopher Blanchard

New hockey club with a cause

WOMENS HOCKEY: For the first time in 15 years the Grafton Hockey Association has a brand new club taking the field.

The Clarence Hockey Club, formed from members of the Kylies club, are set to take the women's third and fourth grades by storm this season.

With 30 members across two teams the club is in a good position in their foundation season with the GHA.

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The club is sponsored by local psychologist Peter Jenkins and will be emblazoned with the Black Dog Institute logo in an effort to raise awareness for mental health in the Clarence.

"With what has happened with our youth in the last twelve months, I think it is great to have that awareness out there and in our sport," Association president Lyn Newby said.

"We have a lot of members who have been affected by mental health so it is a major benefit to the association to have that awareness."

The Clarence Hockey Club incorporates members from across the Clarence Valley with a strong lower river contingent among their playing roster.

"We are very much a social club, and promote fun and friendship both on and off the field," Clarence Hockey Club's Leeann Ball said.

"We are very proud to have permission to use The Black Dog Institute logo, to raise awareness within the Valley of rural mental health and promote positive conversations and support around an issue that touches every family, at some point in time.

"We are also very grateful to our other sponsors, Botero and Cubbyhouse for kids Maclean for their support in launching our new club."

With the most recent club to register in the association being the Village Green Angels in 2001, Newby expects the new club to bring an injection of new players to the sport.

"A lot of their club are existing players but they have definitely brought some new faces," she said.

"It definitely encourages growth in the sport and is a big positive for the association."



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