Demons’ Melissa Dunn and Sailors’ Jo Chad stretch for the ball in AR2 women’s hockey.
Demons’ Melissa Dunn and Sailors’ Jo Chad stretch for the ball in AR2 women’s hockey. Adam Hourigan

Rain rules out play on grass

SATURDAY'S hockey promised so much but unfortunately Mother Nature had a different view on how to spend the weekend.

The fields were damp after rain fell on Friday but games were started at 12.20pm. However, the drizzle got heavier and games on the grass were called off after the 1.30 game.

Fortunately this affected only two AR1 games, because all other games were scheduled on the turf fields. The two AR1 games that were washed out will be played on Wednesday, with Demons Red v Village Angels at 6.15pm and Old Stars v Baileys Diamonds at 7.30 pm.

There were some big scores as teams settled into new game plans. Grafton High Chillies (AR3) looked very slick on the water and pressured Baileys Stars from the first whistle.

However, the defence of Baileys held strong. After about 15 minutes, Baileys fed the ball into attack and Karen Gorton put the first goal on the board. Chillies counter attacked and scored two goals (Kaylee Nissen and Sequoia Ellis) before half-time. In the second half Brooke Bennett and Kara Goodwin also scored for Chillies.

It was a fast game and both teams pressured the defence well.

Sailors Eagles looked smart in their new uniforms. They had a good, solid game against Demons Scotts but were unable to score. Janette Blair scored the only goal of the game.

The Demons are organising a celebration for 70 years of hockey in Grafton. All Demons, old and new, are reminded to keep the weekend of August 25 and 26 free for the big party. Mark this date in your calendar now and we will give more information as it comes to hand.

McAuley will be taking three teams to the Combined Catholic Colleges Hockey Carnival in Bathurst next Thursday and Friday. It has three teams competing: Open Girls, Under-16 Girls and Open Boys. Last year McAuley returned with a silver medal.

However, this year it has a younger team.

Good luck to all three teams. Enjoy your games and the fun of representing your school and Grafton.

Best wishes to Sallie Forbes, Bianca Sedger, Emelia Blanch, Kirralee Monkhouse and Justine Newman, who have been selected in the North Coast team.

They head to Moorebank early next week for the Combined High School Championships. We wish them all a great carnival.

On Saturday morning the junior umpires had control of their first game. Ellynie Cameron, Zahli Stevens, Emma Powell, Jessica Lee Cotten, Tayla Lavender and Emily Gough are all very keen and even the wet weather did not deter them. The junior umpires wear orange shirts and are on their "L Plates". They are accompanied by a senior umpire. The girls wearing teal-coloured shirts are mainly last year's learners and they are on their "red Ps". These girls need to be congratulated for wanting to learn to umpire.

It is important that players, parents and spectators respect the umpires' decisions and not make negative comments that might be upsetting or disrespectful.

The perfect view that a spectator has from the hill, or the sideline, might not be the same view that the umpire sees from the field of play.

President Chez has asked clubs to discuss ideas on a format for a presentation evening at the end of the season. Please think what your club would like. At this event, teams would be presented with the trophies for defence, attack, goal scorers and minor premiers.

Nomination forms for Masters (Vets) are available at the hockey pavilion or on the GWHA hockey website.

Please fill in the form if you are wishing to go to Taree from July 27-29. A $50 deposit is required to accompany the nomination form.

Coaches, managers and umpires who wish to nominate to attend Masters need to complete a nomination form and hand it to the secretary or the president.

Let's hope the weather is kind and we all get a game of hockey this weekend.

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