David Dart at his desk at Elders, Grafton. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
David Dart at his desk at Elders, Grafton. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Veteran hockey player adds Oztag to achievements

DAVID Dart can now add National Oztag Champion to his list of sporting achievements.

The accomplished hockey player is a regular face in the NSW Over-40s hockey team.

But on the weekend he played oztag - a sport he regularly enjoys in Grafton - at a national level for the first time, and came home a winner.

Dart was Grafton's sole representative in the Mid North Coast Over-40s in the National Championships played at BCU Stadium at Coffs Harbour.

Never mind it was the side's third straight title, Dart revelled in the experience.

"It was awesome," Dart said. "A really high standard and really structured towards completing your sets. It was very different to the ad-lib style played at club level. Here people overrun the tag all the time - down there, it's a cardinal sin."

Dart had the perfect start to his debut, scoring the side's first try of the weekend, albeit in a 3-1 loss to Country Bulls.

Dart succumbed to a hamstring injury but his team bounced back, getting vengeance firstly over Vipers, winning 5-1 in the semi-final, and then Bulls 2-0 in the decider.



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