Source: The Northern Daily Leader
NEWCASTLE went to a one-on-one penalty shootout to win the Michael York Cup yesterday while Grafton Blue’s draw against Manning Valley was enough to secure it a Kim Small Shield when the two main divisions were decided at Tamworth’s Hockey Complex yesterday.
The Grafton side had plenty to celebrate too, with talented Grace Young also named the Kim Small Shield player of the carnival.
“We had a fantaastic weekend,” Grafton’s Kylie Winters said.
“Most of the girls in the A team had been before but for the girls in the B side it was their first time and they did extremely well to finish third.”
Sydney’s Riley Austin was named the Michael York Cup player of the carnival but his silky skills weren’t enough to secure his side a win when they drew their final nil-all with Newcastle.
Going into a thrilling one-on-one penalty shootout, it was the Novocastrians who won out, winning 4-3 with young goalkeeper Lachlan Mills making two great saves to spearhead his side’s win.
Co-coach Glenn Bisson was delighted with the efforts of a talented, young side.
“They all worked hard – all the boys played well,” Bisson said.
“We’re proud of them all. Then to win in a wobble-off was great.
“We had a couple of boys who hadn’t played before this season.
“Half the side doubled up from last year.”
Carnival convener Graeme McKenzie was delighted with the weekend.
“All went very well,” McKenzie said of a tournament that had a record 34 teams from all over the state as well as Canberra.
“We had some great feedback from coaches and managers,” he said.
Former Australian captain Michael York, whom the York Cup is named after, didn’t have a similar tournament to help launch his hockey career.
“If I had have I might have an Olympic gold medal,” he joked. “But this is all about fun and enjoyment.
“The boys and girls have fun on and off the field.
“The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. It’s a really good atmosphere.”
While Newcastle and Grafton won the main divisions, Dubbo White won the Kim Small Shield B Division and Grafton 2s won the York Cup B Division.