HOCKEY: Another silver medal in Butterick's bucket
HOCKEY: Former Grafton hockey player Nathan Butterick would be sick of seeing silver medals after the attacking midfielder picked up his third in consecutive years at last week's Under 21 Australian Championships.
It is a case of always a bridesmaid and never the long veil for Butterick who won the silver medal two years in a row with the Under 18s state side.
The team was coached by gold medallist, former Kookaburra Brent Livermore as an extension of his duties with the NSW Institute of Sport.
The New South Wales side topped Group B on their way to the finals, dropping only one of their group stage games to Queensland.
Butterick said the NSW side's tournament began slowly with a narrow win over South Australia before a single goal draw with ACT.
"I am stoked with a silver medal really," Butterick said. "It was actually a really good finish for our team after we started the tournament pretty slow.
"At the end of day we just were not good enough in the final to get the win.
"We were obviously nervous going into the game, for a lot of the boys it is probably the biggest tournament they have played in. I think everyone pulled together well and played for each other."
Butterick praised the coaching efforts of Livermore and said learning the game from a person with the former Grafton boy's experience was second to none.
"We obviously train with him almost everyday at NSWIS so we knew what to expect from him," Butterick said.
"But he makes it so good to play for him as a coach. His knowledge in every position on the field is awesome and everyone can learn from him.
"You respect what he has done in hockey and what he has given to the game."
Butterick will now put his focus into training at the Institute while also plying his trade with the Gordon North Sydney hockey club.