Border stars shining at Country titles

By TANIA PHILLIPS

FIVE Tweed-Border hockey players are leading the way as Queensland remains unbeaten in both the men's and women's Australian Country %titles in Mackay this week.

Waratahs captain-coach Tim %Willis is playing in the men's team, while the women's side features Casuarina duo Hope Miller and Debbie Dolan, Waratahs player Ebony Philip and United player coach Izzy Power.

"It is great to have such a big Tweed contingent this time," women's forward Izzy Power said late yesterday on her way out with the rest of the Queensland women's side to watch the men's team play their fourth game of the tournament against the Australian Defence Force.

"Hope is keeping well, while Debbie is sweeping and Ebony and I are playing well up front. "We only had a couple of players last year. We have four in the %women's team this time and we are really happy. It is a lot of fun."

While it may be fun off the field, things are pretty serious on-field.

Queensland is the defending title-holder in both the men's and women's competitions and is looking good for its title defence in both divisions after the first few days of the week-long titles.

"We have won the first three and the boys are three from three as well," Power said yesterday.

"We beat Western Australia 4-0 in the opening game and then had a 3-0 victory over Victoria.

"Today we came up with another 3-0 win, this time against the Australian Defence Force team."

Power said the team was on a day off today, but would be back on the field on Thursday for what was shaping up to be their most important game of the tournament so far.

"We are playing NSW. They are the team we played in the finals last year," she said. "This will be a big game for us. We will just have to see how we go."



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