Teams masters of the game of hockey

Three Parkes teams proved masters of the game of hockey at the NSW Masters Northern State Championships held in Coffs Harbour.

The championships were held in Coffs from July 27 to 29 with the teams finishing first, third and fifth in their divisions.

The Parkes Over 35s competed in the Over 35s Division 5 competition finishing first.

Parkes Over 40s competed in the Over 40s Division 1 competition finishing third.

Parkes Over 50s competed in the Over 50s Division 1 competition finishing fifth.

The Parkes Over 35s team went through undefeated in Division 5 claiming the Division 5 title with wins over Hunter 4-0, Sydney East 4-3, Newcastle 1-0, Far North Coast 2-0, Hunter 3-0 in the semi final and Newcastle 2-0 in the final.

Goal scorers for the team were Janelle Thompson - 4, Somer Tanswell - 3, Cherie Simpson - 4, Kylie Butler - 3 and Tracy Hambridge - 2.

The Parkes Over 40s team finished third in Division 1.

Along the way to the side’s third place finish the team had a nil all draw with New England before a 0-2 loss to Central Coast and a 3-0 win over Newcastle.

The side then made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Sydney Northern Beaches before recording a 4-1 win over Tamworth.

To finish off their carnival the side had a 0-1 loss against Manning Valley.

Goal scorers for the side were Denise Gersbach - 4, Carla Peden - 2, Jane Grosvenor - 1, Tracie Sams - 1, Lee Hodge - 1.

The Parkes Over 50s finished 5th in Division 1.

The carnival saw them have a 0-3 loss to Northern Sydney Beaches, a 1-0 win over Orange, a 0-2 loss to Central Coast before 0-1 losses to both Far North Coast and Manning Valley.

Megan Hornery was the sides only goal scorer.1

It was a great effort from all Parkes teams. The 40s and 50s battled through many injuries throughout their teams during the championships.

Three Parkes ladies were presented with Masters jumpers at the Opening Ceremony in recognition of playing hockey in their 50th year and 70th year.

These ladies were Cheryl Uptin, Ally Eslick and Fran Dixon.