Kids take a stick to titles

TWEED primary schools, large and small will take to the Barrie Smith hockey fields in Murwillumbah over the next few weeks to contest the annual Fitzpatrick Cup.

This year, the competition has seen such a growth in hockey interest that there will be a competition for large schools and a separate one for small schools.

Tweed Border Hockey Association coaching director Matt Bartell said there would be 20 mixed teams competing on Thursday, March 19 in two pools of 10 teams.

“We have seen more juniors interested in the sport at a school level and hopefully that will translate into more juniors joining our clubs,” Bartell said.

“We have schools from across the Tweed - public and private - taking part with students in years 5 and 6 competing.

“Schools from Murwillumbah, the Tweed Coast and lower Tweed and hopefully even Mullumbimby are coming.”

Last year's large schools champion, East Murwillumbah, will be back to defend its title while on Friday, March 27, Fingal Head will be out to defend the small schools title. The action starts on both days from 9.15am (DST).



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