Primary team emulates CHS State title
By JIM CHALLENOR
FOLLOWING on the heels of their older North Coast CHS Hockey counterparts, the PSSA North Coast brigade have taken out the recent New South Wales title at Penrith.
North Coast school hockey is having a bumper year and the PSSA side finished the titles undefeated.
While the weather robbed the team of the opportunity to 'win' the title outright after the last day of play was washed out, North Coast was named joint winners with South Coast.
North Coast scored 28 goals and had just one scored against them, accounting for Hunter 7-0, Polding 6-1, Riverena 3-0, Mackillop 3-0, and Sydney West 9-0.
Drawn from schools from Murwillumbah, Burringbar, Lismore Heights, Dunoon and Grafton, the side contains many names synonymous with hockey throughout the region.
The team-members were Markus Currie (Dunoon), Andrew Butterini, Dean Stanfield (Burringbar), Dylan Wotherspoon, Chris Fahy, Jake Farrell (Murwillumbah East), Alex Heatherington (Murwillumbah), Brad Hughes (Lismore Heights), Jacob Mawhirt, Jordan Weller, Nick Welller, Wade Grainger (Grafton) and Joshua Lollback (Westlawn). Howard Guest, from Burringbar, was the team manager.
Interestingly, the North Coast team is a young combination, with about half under the age of 10 and FNC dynamo Brad Hughes just eight years old.
As a result of their performances at the State titles, Markus Currie, Dylan Wotherspoon and Jake Farrell were selected in the NSW PSSA team who will contest the National Championships in Toowoomba from August 28-September 2.