IN ACTION: Sophie George (right) attempts to launch another effort on goal for her Coraki side.
IN ACTION: Sophie George (right) attempts to launch another effort on goal for her Coraki side. Stuart Turner

Juniors show off skills

GIRL power was alive and kicking as some of the

region's budding hockey talents showed their

promising skills.

Scores of young players enjoyed short matches against each other as part of the FNC Junior Hockey Carnival.

Among those in action at Sunday's event was an all-girls team from Ballina.

Player Katie Small said although her team did not have the most successful of days on the Goonellabah turf, she was still having plenty of fun.

"I think our coach is still proud of us," she said.

"I think boys think sometimes that girls cannot play hockey. We are showing them that we can.

"Hockey is fun and is for everyone."

It was a good day for Grafton's Sailors club, which took out titles in the under-9, 11 and 13 divisions.

Ballina was celebrating after claiming the U15 section ahead of Coraki, who also finished runners-up in the U13 bracket.

Lara Truman, another Ballina player involved, said she was enjoying the day regardless of results.

"You do not always have to win at hockey," she said.

"You can run around, score goals and have lots of fun.

"You can get fit playing and play with your friends as well.

"All our family and friends are here supporting us. It's really good fun."



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