Tweed Border’s open hockey team: (from back left) Allie Farrell, Gabi Nance, Anna Brotherson, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Madison Fitzpatrick, Lauren Scholl, Hannah Raftery, (front left) Margie Coleman, Kim Tuckwell, Cassie Avery, Emily Hetherington, Jane Gleeson, Abby Wantaggiato, Deb Dolan and Gai Farrell.
Tweed Border’s open hockey team: (from back left) Allie Farrell, Gabi Nance, Anna Brotherson, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Madison Fitzpatrick, Lauren Scholl, Hannah Raftery, (front left) Margie Coleman, Kim Tuckwell, Cassie Avery, Emily Hetherington, Jane Gleeson, Abby Wantaggiato, Deb Dolan and Gai Farrell. Contributed

Tweed dominates rivals

TWEED Border's open women representative team made its mark in the opening round of the Southern Cross competition last weekend.

The competition involves rep sides from Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Tweed opened its account with an undefeated run against Sunshine Coast (6-0), Gold Coast (12-1), Ipswich (3-0) and a 3-0 victory over Toowoomba.

Captain-coach Margie Coleman was thrilled with the results.

"Tweed has gradually made its mark in the junior ranks of representative hockey and now the senior level is reaping the benefits," Coleman said.

She added the team's success was due to a great balance of talented young juniors and a handful of experienced players to guide them.

Five of the Tweed team have been selected in the Queensland under-18 team.

They are Anna Brotherson, Allie Farrell, Madison Fitzpatrick, Savannah Fitzpatrick and Gabi Nance.

These five have been preparing for the trials for the past couple of months, so this obviously contributed to the core of the team having a high level of fitness.

Tweed's goalkeeper Jane Gleeson was almost faultless, conceding only one goal.

Her composure in defence spreads infectiously to her teammates.

With goal-scoring machine Kim Tuckwell up front, the young strikers around her are inspired to keep up.

Deb Dolan in the backs led the way for her fellow defensive players Abby Vantaggiato, Allie Farrell and Madison Fitzpatrick.

The competition has introduced an experimental rule, which replaces the usual corner and penalty corner rules with 5 vs 4 and 4 vs 3 plays respectively.

The Tweed girls have had a high success rate with these plays, especially with big hitters Tuckwell and Madison Fitzpatrick scoring many goals from the top of the circle.

This weekend the team travels to the Sunshine Coast to play both Brisbane teams today and Toowoomba (No 2) in Brisbane tomorrow.



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