NCAS award winner Rachelle Pole.
NCAS award winner Rachelle Pole.

Pole claims double at ceremony

RACHELLE Pole scooped the pool at the North Coast Academy of Sports (NCAS) awards night at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Rachelle collected the Most Outstanding Award (hockey) and the Nick Peat Memorial Award which is presented to the NCAS athlete who displays outstanding enthusiasm, leadership, courage, sportsmanship and or resilience.

These awards recognise the sporting achievements of North Coast athletes from a variety of sports including hockey.

Andrew Loy and Jacob Dunn collected Encouragement Awards (hockey) while Coffs Harbour Dolphins player Sophie Watt was recognised as the Most Improved in hockey.

There will be no games this weekend or the Easter weekend.

The next games will be A-grade matches on Wednesday, April 27 while the junior girls and women will return on Saturday, April 30.

Treasurer Peg James is waiting for clubs to pay their first instalment of fees.

These are now overdue so please organise to pay Peg promptly.

It was a brilliant day for hockey on Saturday after a rainy start to the morning.

Services Gold, who had a full team and two reserves, had a pleasing win over South Saints. It is always great to get a win over the high school teams early in the season as you know the kids are going to get fitter and faster as the season progresses.

Grafton High Teals defeated Royals Leprechauns 2-1. Teals were reportedly fast and skilful while some of the Leprechauns took time adjusting to playing on grass.

Baileys Diamonds outplayed Sailors Eagles on Brent Livermore Turf. Sailors were well served by backs Di Broomhall and their new recruit Sue Buckley, while Karen Gorton and Maria Felton stood out for Baileys.

In the other game, Demons Reds downed Village Angels 1-0.

Association president Chez displayed plenty of sympathy for new Kylies goalie Kathleen Portious who broke her arm at training on Tuesday night.

“Kathleen, if you played for Services you wouldn’t have broken your arm,” Chez said.

A bemused Kathleen asked why that would be the case and Chez replied: “Services don’t train”.

Jane Dougherty was at hockey supporting Kylies Krushers and was discussing the crazy idea that some of their guys were returning to play rugby.

Not long after she received a text message from a friend saying Chris had broken his leg.

Jane thought this was a bit of a joke but even Mr Dougherty was down at the fields looking for her.

Jane went to the hospital to see Chris and the nurse told her they would be there for quite a while.

“Well,” said Jane, “I have a game of hockey to play.”

So she whipped back to Lower Fisher, played her game and scored the only goal.

She had time for a quick coldie on the hill while everyone helped her farm out the kids for the night.

It sounds like a nasty break Chris; we wish you a speedy recovery.

A hockey stick was found on Saturday down near the fence on field 3.

Please ring Bernadine on 6643 4798 if you have lost your stick.

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