M?bah squads make state finals

Hockey

MURWILLUMBAH High School's representative hockey teams survived two nailbiting finals to earn a spot in the NSW Schools State Knockout Hockey grand finals at Grafton today. The Murwillumbah open boys team is due to take on Tamworth, who knocked out defending champions Crookwell yesterday, at 1.30pm on the sand-based turf this afternoon while the girls side will play Sydney school Westfield in their final also at 1.30pm on Grafton's new water-based turf. Both the boys and girls teams, finished in the top eight in the State-wide Hockey competition to earn their spot in the two-day final series at Grafton, starting yesterday. The two teams had relatively easy early games but both had to survive penalty shootouts in the afternoon to grab the coverted finals berths. The girls started their final series yesterday with a convincing 7-0 win over Wagga Wagga High with Melissa Guthrie, Sam Stenner and Jessica-Jane Hyett all scoring doubles, while Bobbie Philip rounded out the scoring. However they were pushed all the way in their afternoon sudden death game eventually beating a very determined Lithgow side in a penalty shoot-out 3-2. Meanwhile the boys defeated Kooringal, from the Wagga region, 2-0 in their opening game. Their second game went to strokes with Murwillumbah defeating Goulburn 4-2 after the game had been locked at oneall at full-time and two-all after extra-time.



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