Tweed's young hockey stars in Queensland side
TWEED Border hockey players head the list of elite players selected to represent Queensland in the 2016 Australian Hockey League.
Hockeyroos' squad members and sisters Madison and Savannah Fitzpatrick (Casuarina), along with Kookaburra Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah), will compete for the Queensland Scorchers and Blades when the tournament begins on September 29 at Perth Hockey Stadium in Western Australia.
The Fitzpatricks will compete for the Queensland Scorchers on the national stage, and Wotherspoon will compete for the Blades.
Madison Fitzpatrick is seen as a future star of Australian hockey and narrowly missed out on a place in the Hockeyroos side at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Both Fitzpatrick women are expected to feature in the Australian side for the Junior World Cup later this year in Chile.
The Queensland teams will play teams from Australia's other states and territories, and for the first time teams from India, Malaysia and New Zealand, who have been invited to take part in the two-week tournament.
The tournament will also be the first time the women's and men's teams will play alongside the Under-13 Girls and Boys National Championships, with all four tournaments being played at the same time and location.
The AHL is the country's premier hockey competition and is one of the most competitive national leagues in the world.
It provides a platform for aspiring Australian representatives to elevate to national squads.
Both the Blades and Scorchers will be defending their titles after securing gold medals in the 2015 competition.