Old masters having a field day
WHEN the chronicles of Coffs Harbour hockey are written, historians will look favourably upon the exploits of men's masters teams and individuals in the 2014 season.
In total, 14 players were selected in NSW and it could have been one more.
Unfortunately, Matt Freeman was selected in the Over-40s but work commitments meant he had to miss the trip to Perth for the Australian Championships.
Ten players came back from the west with silver or gold medals.
Dale Neaves, Dave Deadman, Anthony Clack, Glen Coombes and Dean Winner played together in the NSW Over-45/2 and won their division to collect a gold medal each - the only NSW team to be declared champions.
Silver medals were won by Dave Rake (Over-50/1s), Phil Grant (Over-55/2s), Kerry Wise (Over-60s), Keith Jervis (Over-65s) and Allan Crouch (Over-70s).
The unfortunate Coffs Harbour players who just missed out on national medals were Ashley Watson, Mark Mills and Paul Griffin.
Each year, Coffs sends about 30 men's masters to various state championships and now the aim is to have more of their number selected in 2015 with the Australian Men's Masters Championships to be held in Cairns.
At the nationals, Keith Jervis was again selected in the Australian Over-65s team to compete in a Trans-Tasman championship in Melbourne during May.