Grafton girls (from left) Tarni Forbes, Bonne Moon, Haylee Gough, Millie Payne, Chloe and Samantha Duroux and Amy Riddell.
Grafton girls (from left) Tarni Forbes, Bonne Moon, Haylee Gough, Millie Payne, Chloe and Samantha Duroux and Amy Riddell. Debrah Novak

North Coast has local flavour

THE Year 5/6 North Coast PSSA squad will have a strong local flavour with seven youngsters unfurling their hockey sticks for next month’s NSW Championships.

The May 5 selection trials showed officials the strength of Grafton’s hockey landscape as Tarni Forbes, Bonne Moon, Haylee Gough, Millie Payne and Amy Riddell joined sisters Chloe and Samantha Duroux in gaining a spot in the squad.

With more than 40 aspiring stars lining up – some from near the northern border – the strong local contingent showed the proud Grafton Women’s Hockey Association the fruits of their labour.

Phil Cavanagh will manage the line-up when they travel to Lithgow on June 8-10.

“It (the quality of the teams) varies from year to year but these girls are quite strong,” he said.

“I think it is a lot to do with junior coaching.

“It’s quite a feather in the cap for Grafton Primary School and Grafton Women’s Hockey.”

Cavanagh said he expected the squad to feature prominently at the NSW Titles.

It’s quite a feather in the cap for Grafton Primary School and Grafton Women’s Hockey.



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