Daughter, mum score first goal
BALLINA hockey veteran Michelle Anderson has every reason to stay competitive in the Far North Coast premier league competition.
That is because on Saturday, the 40-year-old left inner player was on the same field when her 14-year-old daughter Holly scored her first premier league goal during the seaside club's 3-1 win over Glee.
Making the day even more special for the proud mother, Anderson also scored in her second-placed team's win.
The emotion surrounding Holly's first top grade goal is something club officials and players won't forget any time soon.
“Holly was very ecstatic and relieved,” Anderson said.
“She's got the monkey off her back now and can go into matches not worrying about anything anymore.
“She's got one goal like me now and she wants to beat my tally by the time the season finishes.
“It's a big difference for her to come up and play against older and stronger women and she's doing a great job.”
Holly's rise to the top has been a rapid one.
She played NSW under-13s last year before the Ballina club had no choice but to give her a go against older and stronger opponents.
Holly's premier league debut earlier this year was enough to bring her mother out of retirement.
“I took a year off last year to rest the weary bones,” Anderson said.
“But I wanted to come back this year and play with Holly in the premier league.”
It is not just Holly's exploits that are keeping Anderson going at the top level of Northern Rivers hockey.
She has another gun daughter in under-13 Far North Coast star Macey.
Macey's FNC team was crowned state champions recently in Taree.
“I'd love to keep playing in the premier league for a few more years for Macey,” Anderson said.
“Hopefully I don't need a hip replacement or have a physio as my sponsor by then.”
Hockey runs deep in the Anderson family – Michelle's husband Mark also plays premier league for Ballina.
“Holly and Macey were just brought up around the game,” Anderson said.
“They would get dragged out to watch in their prams and always had balls hit to them.
“Hockey is just a wonderful family sport.”
The Anderson duo is excelling this year under new coach and former Australian representative Jodie Hamilton.
“Jodie is great at telling you how to be in a good position on the field,” Anderson said.
“Our young players have really responded to her.
“We're a strong side and a tight unit and we have depth across the board.”
There are eight more weekends left in the FNC regular women's premier league season before the finals start in late August.