The open men’s hockey team after winning the NSW championship – the first country team to do so.
The open men’s hockey team after winning the NSW championship – the first country team to do so.

Grafton Hockey has vintage season

THE past 12 months have been exciting for Grafton Hockey, with many milestones achieved.

The grand finals attracted more than 3000 spectators and players, while the largest crowd ever stayed on to witness the City Bears claim the A Grade title for the second year running, defeating Barbarians in a classic game.

Kylies, a club with long traditions, defeated CMC in the Women’s A grade grand final.

It was a great day and night to celebrate the hockey year but it was also touched with a strong sense of sadness at the untimely death of Jacob Lollback.

During the year, Grafton Hockey, provided the Clarence Valley with $1 million in sports tourism, hosting three state titles: NSW Open Women’s, NSW over-55s Men’s and NSW Combined Catholic Colleges. The NSWCCC Carnival, organised by Mary Day, originally had 80 teams coming to Grafton, but flooding forced the titles to be rescheduled.

The need to replace the sand-based surface became a major priority as well as completing the ‘Stay and Play’ bunkhouse. These two projects, costing $1 million, will complete the magnificent complex, undoubtedly the best centre in NSW.

Amalgamation of Grafton Men’s with Grafton Hockey Incorporated was a major move this year that will allow many cost savings, greater professionalism and promote new initiatives.

The representative highlight was the Grafton Open Men’s team winning the NSW Open A division title – the first non-metropolitan side to do so. President Bruce Carle’s comment was: “This is the culmination of everything, everyone has done.” All Grafton men’s and junior boys’ teams from under-13s to over-55s Vets are now in A Division – a remarkable achievement.

McAuley Catholic College won both the open girls’ and under-16 boys’ NSWCCC titles

Nineteen local players out of 34 were selected in the NCAS sport Hockey program for 2010.

A magnificent year, from an administration point of view to outstanding representative results.

National and State rep:

Australian Kookaburras: Brent Livermore and Matthew Butterini; Australian under-21s: Scott Garner; Australian umpire: Dean Broomhall.

NSW Waratahs NHL team: Brent Livermore, Nick Russ, Scott Garner, Matt Butterini, Robbie Green, Peter Kelly; NSW Country Opens: Rhys Henwood, Nardie Pollock; NSW over-40s: Robbie Godwin; NSW over-55s: Andrew Terrey; NSW over-60s: Col Chivers, Shirley Hillier; NSW over-65s: Vic Wunderlich; NSW under 18s: Quentin Pursey, Matt Harmon: NSW under-18 squad: Mitchell Lollback, Tim Anderson; NSWCHS: Olivia Morrison; NSWCCC: Sally Jane Loy, Jessica Edwards; NSW All Schools: Mitchell Lollback; NSW under-16 squad: Mitchell Thomas; NSW under-15 squad: Anna Brotherson; NSW Indoors under-14s: Rebecca Byrnes, Thomas Dougherty; NSW Blues Indoor under-14s: Brent Russ, Darby Fahey; under-16s: Mitchell Thomas; NSW under-13s Indoor: Chris Jurd; NSW Blues indoor under-13s: Jacob Purser, Billy Hayes, Jake Crispin, Thomas Smith and Ashlee Danvers; NSW under-13s – Jacob Purser, Chris Jurd, Nathan Butterick Ashlee Danvers; Indigenous National Talent team – Madeleine Richey.

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