Semi finals justify classification
THE results of the semi-finals played at the weekend illustrate that the clubs and grading committee got it right when they graded teams at the beginning of the season.
Four of the nine semi-finals went into extra time and even after another 10 minutes of play the scores in all those remained games level with penalty strokes needed to decide winners.
In the AR1 major semi-final the two goalkeepers had magnificent games in general play and also during the strokes but Demons Red eventually nudged out Kylies Klassics.
Kristy Campbell of Kylies and Janine Duroux were outstanding in the field.
Klassics will be back in action this Saturday when they take on Grafton High Teals, 3-1 winners over Royals Leprechauns in a thrilling minor semi-final.
The score was locked at 1-all with less than four minutes remaining when Teals found the back of the net to edge ahead 2-1.
With 45 seconds remaining Royals had the chance to equalise of a corner but lost control of play. Grafton High snapped up the ball and raced the length of the field before Sarah Loveday passed off to Tayla Lambeth to score.
In AR2, Kylies Kaos advanced to the grand final after downing Grafton High Cruzers 3-1.
Lyn Newby, Leeann Robinson and Ang Webster scored for Kylies while Cruzers struggled to find their rhythm.
Cruzers will now take on Demons Scotts, who knocked Royals Originals out of the finals race. Aleisha Third finished with a hat-trick and Alana Kenny also scored as Scotts won 4-0.
The AR3 semi-finals both ended in penalty shootouts.
In the major semi, Kylies Kasuals beat McAuley Gold 3-1 in the penalty shootout after the score had been locked at 2-all at the end of extra time.
McAuley will now play Kylies Kosmics for a place in the grand final after they beat Baileys Stars 2-1 on strokes after opposing goalkeepers Lori McIntyre and Tania Hewitt had kept clean sheets throughout regulation and extra time.
In B Grade, Demons Tartans advanced to the grand final with a 2-1 win over McAuley Green.
Lauren Hadley and Melissa Patch scored for Tartans while Shauni Forrest grabbed a goal for Green who will now play Kylies Krushers.
Krushers kept their season alive by downing South High Titans 7-6 in a penalty shootout.
The score was 1-all at the end of regulation time and remained unchanged at the end of extra time as rival goalies Tamara Sevil and Yvette Blackburn continued to impress. After five penalty strokes each still no winner had emerged with the game sent into a sudden-death shootout with Krushers hanging on to win.
In C Grade, Mixtures defeated McAuley Magic to advance to the grand final to be played on Saturday, September 15.
McAuley will play Grafton High Jetz in the elimination final on Saturday.
- GRAFTON Public School emerged victorious in their PSSA Knockout double-header against Tamworth on Monday.
The Grafton girls won 3-2 while the boys scored a comfortable 5-0 victory.
The Grafton Public teams will head to Lithgow on Monday with the final rounds of the competition to be played Tuesday.
The girls will Taree West and the boys will play Wallsend South. The winners will progress to the grand final later in the day. Good luck to both teams.
- SAMANTHA Duroux was busily fundraising on Saturday for her upcoming trip to Perth with the NSW under-13 team. Thanks to everyone who supported her. The lucky winners for the day were Alan Riddell and Tracey Foulstone (100 Clubs), Deb Morris for the seafood voucher and the Chocolate Indulgence was won by Cheryl Kinnane. (I wonder if that was a Father's Day present for Secretary Joe?)
- CLUBS are asked to nominate players who wish to be considered for 2013 representative teams. The nomination forms are due in on Saturday, September 15.
The under-18 representative team is always selected early and it would be fabulous to have the coach and manager organised before the start of next year's hockey season. If you wish to nominate, send in your form to GWHA. Forms are available on the website.
- TICKETS for the annual presentation night to be held at the South Club are now on sale. All trophies will be presented at this event. The last day to purchase tickets will be Monday, September 17.
Turf booking forms for 2013 have been emailed to all clubs. These forms need to be completed to indicate which training days, and times, clubs require on either turf next year. Forms must be returned to Bruce Carle or left in the GHA pigeon hole at the hockey pavilion by the close of grand final day on Saturday, September 15.
- IT is going to be a huge day of hockey on Saturday. Junior girls' grand finals start at 9am with the boys' grand finals starting from 11.30am. The first women's game starts at 12.20pm and the last women's game will commence at 6.35pm. While there will be plenty of hockey excitement, don't forget to vote in the local council elections.