Hockey team ready for championship
WITH five players already on Queensland's radar and an ex-Australian for a coach, the Tweed Border Hockey under-15 girls are ready to defend home soil at next week's State championships.
Two years ago (at under-13s) the girls were beaten semi-finalists, but under coach Scott Fitzpatrick the girls have come a long way and are ready to showcase their skills at Murwillumbah's Barrie Smith Fields.
Madison and Savanah Fitzpatrick, Ally Farrell, Emily Hetherington and Keely Murray will spearhead the girls' assault for a State crown, and local hockey authority Margie Coleman expects big things from the talented troop.
“The girls are a very good chance of being up there this year,” Coleman said.
“The core playing group is very strong and experienced at representative level.”
As an association, TBH has a proud tradition of hosting great championships, and with 22 teams entered from all over Queensland this year's competition is set to explode.
“We estimate 2000 people will come to town for the week,” TBH president Richard Philip said.
“We have clubs rostered on each day, volunteers to help run everything, and Council on board to double-mow our grass fields each day, so now all we need do is pray for dry weather for the next 11 days.”
The action begins Monday at 8am, finishing 3.30pm Friday.
Meanwhile, the under-15 boys head to the Sunshine Coast for their respective play-offs.
Coached by one of the games best, four-time Olympian Sharon Buchanan, there's no doubt the boys, too, will put their best sticks forward for state selection.
“You couldn't ask for better coaches for our juniors,” Philip said.