TEAM HAS EDGE
By BOB ANTHONY firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Tweed Border Hockey side will be counting on local knowledge and plenty of home-town support when they take on Queensland's finest in the Queensland State Championships at the Barrie Smith Fields this weekend.
Ten Queensland Association teams will converge on Murwillumbah to play in the round-robin tournament tomorrow and Sunday with the final to be played Monday afternoon.
The Tweed Border men, drawn in Pool B, will play against teams from Townsville and Cairns tomorrow before lining up against Brisbane and Rockhampton on Sunday.
Team manager and player Josh Arnold said the team was looking forward to playing on their home ground, a change from previous seasons when they had to travel to compete in the championships.
Tweed Border has trained hard this week and Arnold believes the side's blend of youth and experience augers well for the championships.
They also will have some inside knowledge when it comes to playing against Cairns.
Former Tweed junior and now member of Murwillumbah United, Ryan Philip, has returned from Cairns after spending 12 months in Queensland's far north.
"I know about half the players who are coming down here so I am looking forward to playing against them," Philip said.
"Hockey up there is pretty strong and they have a team in Premier League so we expect they will be tough.
"Their strength is in their attack so we will have to shut them down early."
Cairns are the second team Tweed Border will play after opening their campaign against Townsville at 10.40am tomorrow. They then meet Cairns at 5.20pm.
The winners of Pool A and B will meet in Monday's final.
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