Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

HIGH HONOURS; Grafton Players Chosen in State Team

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

HIGH HONOURS; Grafton Players Chosen in State Team

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FIVE Grafton players will represent New South Wales at the Under-13 National Invitation Indoor Hockey Tournament in Canberra in February and a further two have been selected as shadow players.

Nick Pate, Josh Rose, Brayden Lollback, Chloe Duroux and Josh Cumberland have been chosen for New South Wales teams, while Ben Jurd and Sam Duroux came close to the cut as shadow players.

Four Grafton Under-13 teams played in the New South Wales championships in Port Macquarie at the end of last month, and selectors were clearly impressed.

Grafton Indoor Hockey co-ordinator Trevor Pate gives a rundown the teams' performances:

Grafton 1 Boys: Played Sydney 1 first in a great game, but went down 3-2. Our second game was against Illawarra 2 and all the boys lifted and came away with a win, 9-1. The defence was strong, and we saved a lot of attempts outside the circle, which we converted to goals. The third game, against McCarthur, was by far the toughest. We were 4-1 down at half-time. I spoke to the boys and said we had nothing to lose, so give it everything. Four quick balls from one end of the court to the other from Nick Pate to Ben Jurd and we had levelled the score 4-all. With three minutes to go we managed another couple down the sideline and we had the lead 6-5, which was the end result, to our boys' credit. We played Illawarra 1 in the first round of the semis and went down to them 4-3 in a tough game.

Grafton 2 Boys: In the first game, against Bathurst, the boys went out hard but endured a 9-3 loss. The second game was against McCarthur and they had a great time, though they did go down to them 7-2. It was a great effort by all. Their third game was against New England and they really stuck it to them. Zac Young, Cooper Woods and Toby Power were great in attack and defence but went down 3-0. The boys' last game was against Central Coast. …

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