TWEED hockey reps Jenna Wick and Hannah Raftery get introduced to weight training in the lead-up to the start of the rep season
TWEED hockey reps Jenna Wick and Hannah Raftery get introduced to weight training in the lead-up to the start of the rep season

Hockey girls revved up

By TANIA PHILLIPS

TWEED-Border Heat have gone for youth and experience for their Southern Cross representative hockey campaign - naming several teenagers along with a former Australian player.

Kingscliff's teenaged mid-field duo Hanna Raftery and Jenna Wicks will find themselves next to former NSW Hockey CEO Melanie Woosnam (Nee Dempster) on the field this weekend against sides from the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich.

Raftery is a member of the Queensland under-18 squad while Wicks has already been making her presence felt in the strong Kingscliff club and both should add speed and enthusiasm to the team.

At the other end of the scale their new team-mate Woosnam has played in Australian teams with Heat coach Sharon Buchanan and the mid-field/back-line utility player is expected to bring a wealth of experience to the relatively young Border line-up.

The Heat have also been bolstered by the return of star forward Lorelle Morrissey. Although now in her 30s, Morrissey is still a potent scoring force according to Buchanan.

The five-week competition involves teams from South East Queensland with the two strong sides from Brisbane - along with the Toowoomba Chill expected to be the teams to beat again this year.

The Heat open their campaign against the Sunshine Coast.



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