Brooke Purtell controls the ball for the Riverina team in the NSW CHS titles at the Albury Hockey Centre before the deluge. Pictures: PETER MERKESTEYN
Riverina’s Jessie Nixon in action against Sydney South West yesterday.
LIGHTNING and hail forced an early end to the opening day of the NSW combined high school hockey tournament in Albury yesterday.
Riverina, with 10 of its 14 player squad based on the Border, was a goal down to Western with 12 minutes to go in the first half when the Albury Hockey Centre found itself in the middle of the afternoon deluge.
Competition organiser and Albury High teacher Erin McNair said it was simply too dangerous to continue.
“We had lightning, hail and torrential rain,” she said.
“I can’t remember a game being abandoned at the hockey centre, but there was no option.
“The girls will resume tomorrow afternoon with the clock set to where they were and trailing by a goal.”
Earlier in the day the team, including Spitfire Brooke Purtell, had gone down 5-1 to Sydney South West.
In all 10 regions are represented at the carnival — a CHS squad to be chosen to play against the Catholic and Independent schools at a latter date.
“We are a pretty young group and we’ll probably struggle against the better sides which on past form are the two teams we play on day one,” McNair said.
“But hopefully the weather improves and we are able to get through the rest of the carnival.”
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