Hard hitters coast bound

ARGUABLY they make up Warwick's most experienced hockey side and they'll be putting their combined wisdom to work this weekend at the State Women's Veterans Carnival in Buderim, Sunshine Coast.

Coached by Sue Freebody, the 17-strong side is expected to be a tough contender in division four of the competition.

It's been three years since the team won the division in the 2006 Queensland carnival in Toowoomba.

But the Warwick side's co-ordinator Donna Jensen said it had the capability to make its mark again.

“Several girls from that winning team are still playing and we have some valuable new players who should add to our game,” Jensen said.

Leading the Rose City effort at the three-day carnival will be Queensland women's shadow player Cate Hodgson.

Jensen said the talented centre half had also represented South Australia and would be a formidable strategist for the side at Buderim.

“Toni Cox, who plays fullback or half, was in the 2006 side and has speed so we will be looking for some good play from her,” she said.

“While Shannon Armbruster has already proved herself a critical goal scorer in the centre forwards.

“The other player expected to influence the game will be winger Jacqui Croft.”

The team will play two games tomorrow and Saturday, which will determine how they go into the finals.

“Our goal really is to enjoy the weekend, we're travelling with our own masseuse Kerri Elsner,” Jensen said.

“We're focused on being competitive and savouring the experience.”

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