Tweed player Debbie Dolan will tour New Zealand with the Australian Country team.
Tweed player Debbie Dolan will tour New Zealand with the Australian Country team. Scott Powick

Tweed talent shows promising signs

WELCOME to season 2011.

To keep things fresh, Tweed Border Hockey Association in all their wisdom have elected yours truly to scribe the most eagerly anticipated sports column in the country.

But how could it not be with all the amazing talent we have in the region.

And that’s where I’d like to start today.

While much focus is cast on guys like locally bred Kookaburras Matthew Butturini and Jason Wilson and many of our juniors who are well on their way to achieving similar success, some of the, how do you say, more experienced players go about their business relatively unnoticed.

Debbie Dolan will take part in the Australian Country hockey tour to New Zealand from April 8-22.

Debbie is currently undertaking an extensive 10-week training program prior to heading across the Tasman.

As the members of her team are located all over Australia, the squad will meet up in New Zealand for two days of team training before commencing games against various Kiwi sides.

The tour will then end with a Test match series against their New Zealand counterparts.

Debbie was also a member of the Tweed Border Open Women’s team that did exceptionally well at the Southern Cross event last weekend.

Unfortunately, due to the cyclone up north and the postponement of the Queensland under-18 trials, the competition was reduced to one weekend rather than being played over three.

Tweed Border fielded quite a young team with the players, except for Debbie Dolan and Margie Coleman (sorry girls), mostly 18 years and under.

Tweed had losses against Toowoomba 1 and Brisbane and wins over Toowoomba 2 and Gold Coast.

The weekend highlighted the fact that Tweed Border has come along way in its women’s competition.

Four members of the Tweed Border open women’s side are in the Queensland under-18 squad.

Gabi Nance and Savannah Fitzpatrick were selected in the team while Allie Farrell was selected as a shadow player.

Maddy Fitzpatrick’s future is also exciting as she has been identified as a tier five athlete which gives her access to QAS clinics and facilities.

We should all be very excited about the future.

Tweed Border can only benefit with the Queensland-identified girls to bring their skills back to their local competition.

TBHA’s goal at the state champs in June is to get the women’s team back in Premier League.

Once that is achieved the possibilities are endless, especially considering we have droves of young girls coming through.

There are opportunities for keen young female players who are motivated to put the extra work in, to follow similar pathways.

I hope we all continue to support the open women’s team in its endeavours to be promoted to Premier League this year.

This is the league where our girls get to compete against Scorchers and players from the Hockeyroos, so it is the strongest competition for them to compete in.

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