Veterans win State hockey title
COFFS Harbour's men's over 50's team have shown there is still life in their old legs with victory at the State championships in Division B.
On day one Coffs Harbour played Grafton followed by Illawarra (2).
Against local rivals Grafton, Coffs were behind at one stage with Grafton leading two goals to one.
However, Coffs fought back to win the game 3-2.
The second game against Orange was perhaps the toughest of all the games played by Coffs Harbour at the Championships.
Coffs had to continually defend in the first 15 minutes of the game as Orange applied relentless pressure in their attacking 23 metre area.
However, the strong defence by the Coffs Harbour side prevented any goals being scored.
The Coffs team regained composure and settled down to play both good defensive and attacking hockey.
For the remainder of the match both teams played hard, fast hockey and ended up fairly evenly matched throughout the rest of the game.
This was reflected in the final result of a nil all draw.
On the second day Coffs Harbour played Illawarra (2) and Sydney (2).
In the game against Illawarra (2), Coffs Harbour came away with a comfortable 4-1 win.
The next game against Sydney (2) was a hard fought match in which Coffs Harbour scored the only goal within the first minute of the game.
The strong half and backline of the Coffs Harbour team prevent Sydney (2) from scoring any goals and the final result was 1-0 to Coffs.
On the third day of the Championship Coffs Harbour played Newcastle (2).
Coffs Harbour dominated this game and won it 5-1.
Coffs Harbour then played the final against Southern Highlands the winner of the other B Division pool games.
Coffs Harbour defeated Southern Highlands 3-0 to take out the State title .
Winning the Championship was a great team effort which showed in the results.
The team consisted of goalie Paul Griffin, backs Gary Marshall and Alan Jervis, halves Phil Grant, Keith Jervis (Captain/coach), Don Robertson, inside forwards Bruce Matten, Gerry Knights, Kerry Wise, strikers Peter Martin, Cliff Hutchings, Jack Partridge, and John Ragen.
The team manager was Allan Crouch and the team umpire Ross Francis