Ballina players picked to represent NSW in hockey comp
FIVE Ballina players have earned Australian selection following standout performances for NSW at the Australian Masters Hockey Championships.
Brett Crawford (Over-35s) and Michelle Anderson (Over-45s) have made it for the first time while Wayne Porter, Grant Smith and Helen Rankin Jarvie will also play.
They will take on New Zealand in three Test matches in a Trans Tasman challenge at Melbourne in May.
Porter and Smith are fresh off representing the Australian Over-45s at the Masters World Cup in the Netherlands earlier this year.
Throw in Scott Hamilton, who was in the Over-40s (World Cup team), and you have six Ballina players that have earned Australian Masters selection this year.
Crawford, 38, is no stranger to playing sport at a higher level.
He has represented NSW Country in cricket and been a standout player on the Far North Coast for a number of years.
It is only in the last couple of years that he has taken more of an interest in hockey.
"It's pretty exciting for the club and we're all really happy," Crawford said.
"I've shown a bit of interest in hockey for the last few years but it wasn't something I was expecting."
Lismore players Chris Clark and Janis Hutton have also been selected for the Trans Tasman challenge. Clark has been selected in the Over-45s for the first time while Hutton will play in the Over-60s.
"If you put it into perspective (seven FNC representatives) it's a very good achievement," Crawford said.