Ashlee Danvers has played a crucial role in the 16 All-Schools hockey team in Hobart.
Ashlee Danvers has played a crucial role in the 16 All-Schools hockey team in Hobart. Adam Hourigan

Young stars shining in Hobart

GRAFTON'S young guns of hockey, Ashlee Danvers and Nathan Butterick, took Hobart by storm this week in the under 16 All School Australian Championships.

Both players produced some exceptional hockey on one of the biggest representative stages of their young careers, and have helped New South Wales record terrific results.

Danvers, playing in a variety of positions, has been instrumental in the girls' side's success, and helped them remain undefeated through the early part of the competition.

Grafton High teacher Scott Smith, manager of Butterick's under-16 boys' side at the championships, has reported that both Grafton's youngsters are playing great hockey.

"Ashlee has been really strong on the ball and played some impressive hockey in varying positions," Smith said.

"And Nathan has played himself into the tournament very well in the midfield at inside forward.

"He is not turning the ball over often and is using and dispensing the ball very cleverly."

Butterick scored a lovely deflected goal early in the week, with his boys' side beating Queensland 3-2, before thumping the Australian Capital Territory side 16-0, and South Australia 8-0.

But their winning streak came to an unfortunate halt on Wednesday when they were rolled by an improving Western Australian outfit 4-3.

"The boys were pretty disappointed to have let that game slip, they didn't play their best hockey and so have a bit to work on in the coming games," Smith said.

"We play Tasmania and Victoria to finish the championship, so hopefully they can return to the form which saw them dominate early in the week."



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