At just 22 years of age Bellingen’s hockey legend Justin Alford has again been selected into the Australian Open Men’s Country team to compete in New Zealand next April.
Justin has recently been in Berri, South Australia, competing in the Australian Country Championships, where NSW again brought home the gold medal.
NSW went through their round games undefeated.
Results were: NSW 4 def Vic 0, NSW 6 def WA 2, NSW 2 drew Qld 2, NSW 11 def ADF 1, NSW 9 def SA 1.
NSW defeated WA in the semi-final 4-1 and defeated Queensland 5-0 in the final.
At the conclusion of the championships Justin was named in the Australian Open’s team to play in Napier, New Zealand, next year.
Also, at his team’s presentation he was given the coach’s award for best player.
Justin was also the only NSW team member to have won the Australian Championships six years in a row, and was recognised at his team’s presentation for this achievement.
To top off a terrific season Justin’s premier league team in Grafton, City Bears, took out the Division 1 competition defeating Royals 2-0 in a tight but convincing final.
To finish the season on a high, the Bellingen men returned to Division 1 this season thanks to the work of Kieran Marshall, who had some great players return to take the field alongside him.
Some of the players were Tim Anderson, EJ Hourigan, Dean Herbert and brothers Brendan and Justin Alford to name a few.
They were on top of the ladder all season, and went on to defeat Urunga 5-1 in the local Coffs Harbour competition. Justin was also awarded the player’s player award at the Bellingen presentation.
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