Season starts with Sevens

GRAFTON Hockey’s season opens with the Mike Rowe Seven-A-Side carnival today.

Action will be fast and furious as players start their season from 1-6pm.

It will be a test for all teams as they experiment with their playing base before settling on their top teams for the coming season starting on Sunday, April 3.

The A-division teams entered are Barbarians A, Royals A, Bears A and Sailors A. The B-division teams are Barbarians C, Barbarians B, Royals B and Sailors B.

The carnival is named after Michael Rowe, who was tragically killed when he was just 17. He was a passenger in a car that was hit by a vehicle near Burringbar on the Pacific Highway on November 25, 1985.

Mike was an outstanding hockey player, a goalie of great talent. His last representative game was for the under-21 Grafton team at Taree. He originally played with Royals before transferring to Barbarians where he moved quickly from junior age groups to be the resident A-grade Barbarians goalie.

His mates remember him as a happy, outgoing, fun-loving guy.

It is to this type of person that Grafton Men’s hockey dedicated this prestigious pre-season carnival in memory of his talent as a player and to his tremendous character.


1pm - Royals B v Sailors B

1.20pm - Royals A v Bears A

2.40pm - Barbs B v Barbs C

3pm - Sailors A v Barbs A

3.20pm - Royals B v Barbs C

3.40pm - Goalie race

4pm - Sailors A v Royals A

4.20pm - Sailors B v Barbs B

4.40pm - Barbs A v Bears A

5pm - Royals B Barbs B

5.20pm - Bears A v Sailors A

5.40pm - Sailors B v Barbs C

6pm - Barbs A v Royals A

6.40pm - Trophy presentation

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