Bears goalkeeper Aiden Cameron dives to prevent a shot on goal by a Royals player in last season’s A-grade grand final.
Bears goalkeeper Aiden Cameron dives to prevent a shot on goal by a Royals player in last season’s A-grade grand final. Adam Hourigan

Water base a feature at carnival

THE Mike Rowe Memorial Carnival, the preseason seven-a-side competition for club teams will be held on Sunday starting at 1pm.

The highlight for players will be the first outing on the new water-based Legends field.

In a bid to help Grafton compete at the NSW State titles at the highest level and where different synthetics are used for different speeds, Grafton's new water-based field has been developed to be faster than the Brent Livermore field.

The speed should be similar to Homebush and Newcastle.

The over-55s training for their state titles at the end of the month were, however, a little nonplussed.

They thought the field would make their bodies go faster but unfortunately it is the ball that accelerates on the pitch.

Sorry boys, when you're 60 plus, the body slows down a little bit and it's best to pass the ball to beat an opponent.

The Carnival has introduced a women's grade into the competition for the first time and four teams have nominated with traditional teams such as Baileys and Demons but two entries are Pink Bits and Age before Beauty, which begs the question: Who will appear and how?

Seven teams have entered the men's competition with last year's winners favoured to duplicate their past success.

Royals, Barbarians and Sailors will be hoping to turn the tables in 2012.

However, with the way points are allocated, any grade, men's or women's, can win as it is based on for and against, so Bears will need to keep their eye out for results from the women's division.

The Carnival is in memory of Michael Rowe who was tragically killed at 17 years of age. He was a passenger in a car that was hit by a vehicle near Burringbar on the Pacific Highway on November 25, 1985.

Mike was an outstanding hockey player, a goalie of great talent. His last representative game was for the under-21 Grafton team at Taree .

He played originally with Royals before transferring to Barbarians where he moved quickly from junior age groups to be the resident A-grade Barbarians goalie.

His mates remember him as a happy, outgoing, fun loving young teenager. Grafton Men's Hockey dedicated this carnival to the memory of his talent as a player and to his tremendous character.

MIKE ROWE CARNIVAL DRAW

Brent Livermore Field

  • 1:00 Sailors A v Barbarians Hagars
  • 1:30 Royals A v Barbs Horribles
  • 2:00 Sailors B v Barbarians Warlords
  • 2:30 Pink Bits v Age Before Beauty
  • 3:00 Demons v Baileys3:30 Goalies Race
  • 3:35 Bears v Sailors B
  • 4:00 Pink Bits v Baileys
  • 4:30 Demons v Age before beauty
  • 5:00 Sailors A v Barbs Warlords
  • 5:30 Sailors B v Royals
  • 6:00 Bears v Barbs Hagars
  • 6:30 Sailors B v Barbs Horribles
  • 7:00 Presentation

Legends Field

  • 1:00 Pink Bits v Demons
  • 1:30 Age Before Beauty v Baileys
  • 2:00 Sailors A v Royals
  • 2:30 Sailors A v Barbarians Horribles
  • 3:00 Barbarians Hagars v Sailors B
  • 3:35 Royals A v Barbarians Warlords
  • 4:00 Sailors A v Bears
  • 4:30 Barbarians Horribles v Barbs Warlords
  • 5:00 Barbs Hagars v Royals
  • 5:30 Women's 3v4 consolation final
  • 6:00 Womens 1v2 Final
  • 6:30 Bears v Royals.


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