Grace’s hockey ACT to­gether

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES - BY ROBERT MUIR

Corowa Ruther­glen hockey player Grace Ron­n­feldt is ready to stick it to them again af­ter be­ing se­lected in the Un­der 21 ACT team to play at the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney from July 4 to 11.

A Grade came out fir­ing but was un­able to match the in­ten­sity of Jin­dera. Bec, Erica and Em were great in de­fence and were the shin­ning lights. Brooke played in nu­mer­ous po­si­tions and is quickly ce­ment­ing her role as the team’s util­ity. Michelle was bril­liant through the mid­court and also earned her­self an award.

Awards: Ebella Mas­sage - Bec Brit­ton, Ori­gin Cloth­ing - Michelle Walker, Shell Servo Brooke Mor­ris, New­mar­ket Mug - Erica Han­ra­han.

B Grade started slow but played an amaz­ing 3/4 of the game. With­out the slow start the scores would have re­flected how well these girls played. Tam took 17 in­ter­cepts for the game, Shelby played a cracker in WA and Sisi was back to her best in goals. A grade team game and once they nail the first quar­ter, look out.

Awards: Meat on the Mur­ray - Sisi Howard, Blush Skin & Body - Chelsea Fer­w­erda, Shell Servo - Shelby Richardson, New­mar­ket Mug - Tam Lavis.

What a day, what a game. Our legs gave in at the end of the third quar­ter which shows what we as a team need to work on and im­prove to play a good four quar­ters.

Awards: Es­sen­tial beauty - Danielle Dal­rym­ple, Health Cul­ture - Laura Dun­can, Shell Servo - Emily Bush, New­mar­ket Mug - Lana Rhodes.

A tough game was had on Sat­ur­day. The girls fought right to the end. Hav­ing girls com­ing back from in­jury and hav­ing to work for their spots go gain them. Good ef­fort by all, en­joy the week.

Awards: Bor­der Nat­u­ral Ther­apy - Tayla Rip­pin­gale, Cath Wood FHIT - Sarah Hynes, New­mar­ket Mug - Steph O’Mal­ley.

The girls are im­prov­ing each week but on Sat­ur­day we saw them piece to­gether ev­ery­thing they have been work­ing on at train­ing. They kept a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and did not drop their heads once.

We are very proud of our girls.

Awards: Boyer Au­to­mo­tive - Chloe Hayes, Per­fec­tion - Alyce Hince, Lewis Fenc­ing Maya Ross, Ladies Com­mit­tee - Jorja Kingston.

Our first win for the sea­son af­ter the girls played an ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous game. We are so proud of the ef­fort they have all put in at train­ing and on game day.

Awards: Green Bean Café - Hay­ley Lewis, Sport­spower - Sophie Goyne, Ladies Com­mit­tee - Molly Raggett.

Another great game by the girls. There were a few po­si­tion changes but they all did as asked, well done girls! Tamir played a great game in var­i­ous po­si­tions.

Awards: Corowa Travel Link - Tamir Richardson, Sport­spower - Ava Phibbs, Ladies Com­mit­tee - Remy Long­mire.

We played a tough team on Sat­ur­day and un­for­tu­nately we went down.

We have a lot to work on but we can see so much im­prove­ment through­out the whole team, well done.

Awards: Green Bean Café - Lucy Bar­low, Guy Street Café - Cal­lum Pot­ter, Ladies Com­mit­tee - Mad­die Ryan.

Grace has gained her re­spect in the ACT team with strong per­for­mances in the Un­der 15s and Un­der 18s, and, al­though only 18-years-of-age, is ready for ACT’s Un­der 21 side.

The ver­sa­tile mid­field, mainly 3rd in­ners player, plays with the elite Al­bury Women’s Hockey Spit­fires in the ACT Cap­i­tal League Class 1 Women’s com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­days and backs it up play­ing for the Di­vi­sion 1 Women’s Corowa Ruther­glen United team on Sun­days in the HAW Cup.

Then it’s Mon­day night train­ing in Can­berra - a four-hour turn­around to make the na­tional team and sub­se­quent train­ing com­mit­ments. This is a gen­eral oc­cur­rence for Grace, with her proud fam­ily by her side.

Grace, who at­tended Ruther­glen High School, works in Al­bury and is hav­ing a GAP year be­fore her sports science univer­sity course next year.

Lo­cals con­trib­ute to­wards Grace travel’s ex­penses and na­tional com­pe­ti­tion fees, with raf­fles at the Ruther­glen Star Ho­tel and other events over the years.

“With­out the com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity, the big steps that Grace is tak­ing now wouldn’t be there,” her dad, for­mer Days­dale premier­ship foot­baller Steve Ron­n­feldt told The Free Press. “It’s greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Grace Ron­n­feldt in ac­tion against Goul­burn re­cently.

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