Solid effort from hockey players
THE old axiom of veterans hockey players ‘the older we get the better we were’ was perhaps not true of Grafton’s over-50s team.
They came home on the second day of play with a wet sail and a strong tailwind.
They held the strong Western District side that draws in Bathurst, Lithgow, Orange and Parkes to a 0-0 draw. Peter Ryder and Wayne Conyard supported by Peter Gibbons were the stars in a team that played a better style of hockey than was displayed on Friday when they narrowly went down to Illawarra and Far North Coast.
The final game of their tournament was against Goulburn who also contain a large number of ACT state players. Grafton absolutely fired in this game, winning the game comfortably 3-0.
The move of ‘Doc’ Terrey to right inner gave much more direction to an inexperienced striker group. Stephen Haines received a pass back from a penalty corner to net.
Then Greg Harvison completely deceived the goalie with a planned pass to the top and played it instead behind the goalie’s pads.
Neville Lollback, who had a magical series, was the deserved last scorer, nailing a penalty stroke. Grafton finished seventh in the state - notably above Sydney, one of the expected contenders.
The Grafton number 2 team also showed improved form after a 1-1 draw with Illawarra and then a 2-0 loss to Coffs Harbour.
T hey came home well with a win over New England 2-0 and a 1-0 loss to Central Coast. A proud achievement by both teams especially played on their home turf.
Andrew Terrey, Vic Wunderlich and Lollback - all three local players received their 10-year distinguished service medal from NSW Hockey.
In the A-division semi- final Manning Valley defeated Western Districts 4-1 while Sutherland booked their fifth consecutive grand final appearance with a 2-0 win over Illawarra. In B-division Illawarra 2 defeated New England 1-0 and Coffs Harbour defeated Crookwell 2-1.
In the A-grade final, Sutherland made it five in a row with a 4-0 win over Manning Valley.
The B-division final was won by Illawarra 2 defeating Coffs Harbour 2-1.
Grafton’s Brett Condie was rewarded with NSW selection in the number 2s. He was Grafton’s players’ player for the tournament.