Griffith women score masters victory

WINNERS: The Griffith Nonnas were joint winners of their division at the masters hockey state championships. 
Back fromleft: Meagan McPhee, Maria Tuesner, Lorraine Maxwell, Carmel Bodger, Sharon Lowe, Donna Jackson, Toni Howard, Linda Fitzgerald, Sue Hardie. Front from left: Gail Colling, Paula Blomfield, Fiona Shield, Jude Hayman, Karen Johnston.

WINNERS: The Griffith Nonnas were joint winners of their division at the masters hockey state championships. Back fromleft: Meagan McPhee, Maria Tuesner, Lorraine Maxwell, Carmel Bodger, Sharon Lowe, Donna Jackson, Toni Howard, Linda Fitzgerald, Sue Hardie. Front from left: Gail Colling, Paula Blomfield, Fiona Shield, Jude Hayman, Karen Johnston.

A GRIFFITH women's hockey side has finished joint winners of its age division at the masters hockey state championships at Newcastle and West Wyong.

Competing in division three in the over 40s section, the Griffith Nonnas played off against Far South Coast in the final after finishing second in their group on percentage.

Despite both teams' efforts, no goals were scored during the match, leaving Griffith and Far South Coast to share the spoils.

It wasn't the first time the sides couldn't be split, the rivals fighting out a scrappy 0-0 draw in the first match of the tournament.

Griffith, however, found rhythm in its second game against Sydney North, a goal from Fiona Shields giving the Nonnas a 1-0 win.

Griffith's third match against Moree resulted in a 1-0 loss, but the Riverina outfit bounced back to score 1-0 wins over New England and Scone to finish the group stages on a high.

Gail Colling found the net against New England, while Shields was the goal scorer against Scone.

Nonnas defender Lorraine Maxwell said her side's success was a little unexpected.

"The motto of the tournament is participation, friendship and enjoyment," she said.

"We go away to enjoy ourselves and play good hockey against people our own age.

"Even though we were nominated in the over 40s division, 12 out of 14 players were over 45.

"Considering it was full state, I thought we did quite well."

Paula Blomfield was named Griffith's best player of the tournament.

Griffith team: Meagan McPhee (goalkeeper); Lorraine Maxwell, Maria Teusner, Sharon Lowe (fullbacks); Donna Jackson, Toni Howard, Paula Blomfield, Sue Hardie (halfbacks); Carmel Badger, Karen Johnston, Fiona Shields, Jude Hayman, Linda Fitzgerald, Gail Colling (forwards).

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