Change in hockey format for senior competition
HOCKEY: The Warwick Hockey Association season will hot up on the next two weekends with the club sign-on and a masters competitions.
Players from around the age of five upwards welcome to sign up for hockey on Saturday. Junior teams will play under various colours and there will be modified hockey for beginners.
The sign-on tomorrow at 10am-12noon is also for players keen to play open hockey in men's and women's competitions for any of the four Warwick clubs this season. The current four clubs have been in existence for more than 50 years.
Men's and ladies open hockey will be played on Thursday and Friday nights this season.
The two clubs drawn to play on a Thursday will meet in both competitions and the other two clubs will play both games on the Friday night.
Reserve-grade social mixed hockey will be played each Tuesday night during the season. Colour teams will be formed for reserves rather than each club fielding their own teams.
All open hockey and many of the junior games will be played on the synthetic surface at Queens Park.
The first open fixtures will be reserve-grade games on March 6 and then open hockey will start on March 8.
Junior hockey will also start in March and go to early September.
Warwick fields a number of juniors teams in carnivals in southeast Queensland and in state championship hockey each season.
Nines in a week
THE Condamine Sports Club Vets Super Nines competition will be played on February 16-18 at Queens Park.
There will be $1000 in prizemoney for a competition which usually attracts teams from as far as the Sunshine Coast. One regular is Olympian Grant Smith who travels from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales to play with one of the Warwick teams.
Past association president Sheryl Windle is back at the head of Warwick hockey with Alan Balfour vice-president, Susan Popple secretary and Mark Shadlow treasurer.
Some of the players set to play in the nines will also play for Warwick in state championships this year. Warwick pair Adam Byrne and Rob Pohlman, will travel to Spain to play in this year's World Cup in masters.