Victorian Senior Country Championships

By Benalla Ensign

Victorian Senior Country Championships

Local hockey players proudly represented the Benalla Hockey Club in Goulburn Valley Hockey Association teams at the Victorian Senior Country Championships during the weekend.

Sarah Chittick, Lee Manning and Sally Young played in the Women’s B-division at Stead Park in Geelong.

Evan Dowe, Shaun Findlow and Marty Gillies played in Hawthorn, with Dowe playing in the Men’s division and Findlow and Gillies in Masters.

The standard of the competition was high, and all involved enjoyed teaming up with players that they usually compete against in the GVHA competition.

‘‘It’s been a fun weekend, with everyone so supportive and encouraging,’’ Lee Manning said.

‘‘It’s been great to improve my game considerably in the fast, skillful competition.’’

All teams played well, with the final score not always reflecting the fight on the field.

The GV Women and Men’s teams had tough games in the gold medal matches on Monday, both coming home with silver, while the GV Masters Maroon team came third.