A memorable day at junior hockey
IT could be a long summer for Kalani Moss and other happy Coraki hockey juniors - but as least they will have some happy memories to keep them going.
Twelve-year-old Kalani saw her team record a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ballina in the FNC Hockey under-13 grand final.
The victory prompted jubilant scenes of celebration among the victorious players after a long season of competition.
Kalani was delighted with Saturday's nailbiting victory - and is already looking forward to the 2014 campaign.
"Hockey is a massive part of my life," she said. "You cannot wait for winter to come along because you get to play hockey.
"I'm so happy we won. We deserved it as we have played well all year.
"It was so nerve-racking at the end. My legs were shaking in those final few minutes.
"Ballina has been the hardest team we have played against this year, so it was great to win."
It was a packed morning of action at the Goonellabah turf, with grand finals decided in the under-11, under-13 and under-15 age groups.
All three age groups aim to give keen young players valuable match experience and help them develop their skills.
Kalani, who attends St Joseph's Primary School in Woodburn, has been playing hockey for about seven years.
The year six pupil said she loved being part of the FNC Hockey community.
"It is like a family, especially at our club," she said.
"Our team is really strong and no-one lets anybody else down. Everyone works together well.
"I'm just so happy."
FNC JUNIOR HOCKEY GRAND FINALS RESULTS:
- U11: Northern Star 2 (Tim Hughes Kaleb Makings) Def Coraki 1 (Nella Bradford) Best and Fairest: Billy Bradford (Coraki).
- U13: Coraki 2 (Lucas Brown Shania McLean) Def Ballina 1 (Elle Vancou) Best and Fairest: Lucas Brown (Coraki)
- U15: Ballina 2 (Sam Young Corey Watson ) Def Coraki 0Best and Fairest: Corey Watson (Ballina)