Royals’ Isabelle Powell was playing Sailors in an under-9 hockey match at Grafton on Saturday.
Royals’ Isabelle Powell was playing Sailors in an under-9 hockey match at Grafton on Saturday. Debrah Novak

Tight tussle on table top

WITH the semi-finals only two games away, the points score is quite close for many grades and the last games will sort out the final four.

In A-grade, it looks as though the order is sorted with Grafton High leading the pack, followed by McAuley White and Demons Green fighting it out for second place.

Kylies will probably come in fourth but they can still make the grand finals from there.

AR1 has three rounds still to play and these will be needed to finalise the semi-final positions.

Currently Kylies Klassics are leading the way from Demon Reds but then Royals Leprechauns, Graton High Teals and Village Angels are jostling each other for the final two spots.

Behind them are Old Stars, Westlawn and Baileys Diamonds all bunched together leading McAuley Blue, who have put up a good fight in most of their games.

This Friday night there will be games for AR1. On the Brent Livermore Field, Westlawn will be against Kylies Klassics at 6pm and Royals Leprechauns take on Old Stars at 7.15 pm.

Over on the Legends Field, Grafton High Teals play Village Angels at 6pm and this will be followed by Baileys Diamonds against Demons Red at 7.15 pm.

Kylies Kaos are ladder leaders in AR2 but they have Demon Scotts and Grafton High Cruzers snapping at their heels. South High Saints and Royals Originals are battling out the fourth spot.

The results from this weekend's games and the final round could see teams leap-frogging each other for the semi-final berths.

Kylies Kasuals have a strong grip on the minor premiership for AR3. McAuley Gold and Kylies Kosmics will rely on the results of their next two matches to see who makes the major semi-final and who is left to battle out the minor semi-final.

Baileys Stars could also make the major semi but would be relying on all the stars aligning at the right time.

There is also a glimmer of hope for Royals Shamrocks, who have been the most improved team of the grade, and Grafton High Chillies, who can upset any team on the day.

B-grade is fairly clear with their top four, Demon Tartans leading the competition, McAuley Green just a nose ahead of Kylies Krushers, with South High Titans a shade in front of their Old Girls and McAuley Red chasing from behind.

In C-grade, Mixtures is leading from McAuley Magic and then Grafton High Jetz.

The representative indoor hockey selections for under-17 girls have started on Fridays from 5-6 pm at the Grafton Indoor Centre in Powell St. The girls will be heading down to Wollongong for the weekend of October 5-7.

The under-17 boys selections will start tomorrow from 6-7 pm. They will be playing in Wollongong from October 12-14. All the necessary details in regards to dates and locations have been posted on the Grafton Hockey Association website. Any inquires please contact Trevor Pate on 6643 2436. Anyone wishing to nominate for coach or manager of the relevant age divisions are to email their nomination to

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at 6.30pm at the South Ex-Servicemen's Club.

Our success is because of the large number of members who actively contribute on the many committees, such as representative selection, finance, umpiring, grading, coaching and fixtures.

Without all this input, we would not be such an outstanding association. All members are encouraged to think about how they could volunteer to assist and then nominate for a position at the AGM.

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