Condy Nines a major hit as hockey season starts
HOCKEY: Three Warwick teams played in the Condy Super Nines at Queens Park from Friday to Sunday.
Alan Balfour was goalie for a team dubbed Hopeless and answers a few questions.
WHAT WAS THE WEEKEND LIKE? Everyone played really fair, it was a good social weekend.
DID YOU PLAY AGAINST OLYMPIAN GRANT SMITH? Grant was in the Warwick team, The Hackers, and we went down 7-0 to them.
AS GOALIE DID YOU FACE HIM? His shot on goal against me was so quick I didn't see it.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO PLAY AN OLYMPIAN? It was good to see how he plays and for players who have been to the Olympics to play in a carnival like the one in Warwick.
WHAT WAS YOUR TEAM'S BEST PERFORMANCE? We suffered three losses in the round games. Our best effort was a 3-1 loss to eventual winners Hugh's Jass's.
Hugh's Jass's win
GRANT Windle, Dave Carlson, Matt Siebuhr and Rach Sihota were the best four in the Hugh's Jass's victory in the final of the Condy Super Nines on Sunday.
Three Warwick teams were in a field of eight and it all came down to Hugh's Jass's led by Toowoomba player Stephen Hawthorne and Sass Fitters from Brisbane in the final.
Australian over 40s captain Andrew May led a Sass Fitters team, which included four current Australian over 40s players.
In the final, Hugh's Jass's won 4-3. Former Warwick junior Jane Roper scored one of the goals for the winners.
Chris Bergemann, Hawthorne, Roper and Windle from the winning team all played junior hockey in Warwick.
"It is a good way to warm up for the season,” May said.
"We stayed locally and it was an awesome final.”