Tweed beaten but will benefit
IT was a big learning curve for Tweed Border Hockey Association development squad players participating in the Southern Cross tournament at the weekend but one which Tweed coaching director Matthew Bartell believes will brings its own rewards.
On Saturday the young Tweed side came up against a very slick Brisbane Swifts outfit which contained six members from the Queensland National Hockey League outfit Scorchers.
While the 8-0 scoreline may have seemed a blowout, Bartell said the Tweed side put in a strong showing and never gave up the contest.
“It was a big ask for our side who was without a large number of regulars,” Bartell said.
“However, yesterday they showed dramatic improvement when they played Ipswich, holding them to a 1-1 draw.
“Yesterday afternoon we played against another strong Brisbane side and the girls again gave a very good performance, actually leading 1-0 before the city team hit their straps and took control to win 6-1
“Overall it was a good hit out and the players will now go back to respective age groups to prepare for the state titles.”
Ironically, some of the Scorchers which the Tweed girls had to play against may be back in Murwillumbah this weekend.
The Scorchers will play the NSW Arrows in a double header at the Barrie Smith Fields on Saturday and Sunday.
The matches, part of the NHL regular season, are a major coup for the Tweed Border Hockey Association and a full program of events on both days are planned.
The NHL is hoping that by holding the games in Murwillumbah and close to the border, a State Of Origin environment might prevail and a number of representative games are planned as curtain raisers to add to the atmosphere.
The Saturday game between the Scorchers and Arrows hits off at 3pm (NSW) while Sunday's game will start at 1pm.