Juniors take over the turf

THE best Under-13 hockey players from the State’s north take over the fields at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, this weekend.

Eighteen teams from Sydney in the south to Tamworth in the west will compete in two divisions of the NSW Under-13 Half State Championships.

Far North Coast has a side in each division and is hoping the home ground advantage and crowd support will help get the local teams through.

Former A-grade player Mark Scurr is coaching the FNC Division 1 team and another former A-grader Neil Stone is coaching the FNC Division 2 team.

Games start at 8am today and the FNC teams are in action at 9.05am in both divisions.

NSW Hockey directors Karen Kennedy and Graeme McKenzie and chief executive Paul Bruce will attend to oversee the event.

There will still be two men’s A-grade games played in Lismore tomorrow, with Coraki facing East Lismore and Ballina up against Northern Star.

Alstonville head to the Gold Coast to take on Capri in theJH Williams Premier League.

Alstonville are out of the running in the Premier League but the result could affect Capri’s chances.

Last round Alstonville were under the pump in losing to Waratahs but in the second half they had their chances.

If Mitch Harley remains in the attack and can link up with the midfield consistently they could cause a huge upset.

East Lismore will have to improve after losing 5-1 to Northern Star on Wednesday night.

Star should be too good for Ballina, although the seasiders did well to hold Coraki to a 2-1 scoreline mid-week.

The hockey community will support a function at the Italo-Australian Club, North Lismore, tonight from 6.30pm to assist hockey stalwart Kevin Moss and his wife Debbie.

The Moss family over the years have had about 15 players in the sport between the East Lismore and Coraki clubs.

Debbie is battling cancer. She was being provided with a particular chemotherapy; the family now has to pay for the treatment.

Every hockey player is asked to lend their support to these long-time supporters of the sport.

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