Players pumped for titles
CHAMPIONSHIP hockey is coming to Warwick with both home and away carnivals in the June/July school holidays.
While Warwick will host the Queensland under-13 boys' championships from June 25-29, the Warwick U15 girls team will head to the Sunshine Coast for a state carnival from July 2-6.
On Sunday, the Warwick U15 girls' team played a trial game on the synthetic surface at Queens Park against the Toowoomba U13 boys' team. Due to five Warwick girls being unavailable, three Warwick boys boosted the side for the clash.
The Warwick team is coached by Shannon Armbruster with Michelle Eastwell manager. Simon Rolfe scored a goal for Warwick in a match which was all about carnival preparation rather than winning.
Eastwell said the coaching staff were impressed with the performance of the girls, as it was their first game together for the season.
"Toowoomba approached us for a trial game as they wanted experience on (synthetic) turf before the championships," she said.
"The girls all performed well, Ayden Gillam played consistently all day at the back."
The U15 girls' team has trained for five weeks in preparation for the championships.
Warwick planned to play a round of the Southern Cross U15 competition at Ipswich in April but it was cancelled due to rain.
While Warwick will host the U13 boys' championships and field a team coached by Phil Rolfe, Andrew Hooker will coach a Warwick U13 girls' team to state titles in Bundaberg at the same time.
Some Brisbane players will boost numbers in the Warwick U13 girls' team in Bundaberg.
The first Warwick team to play championship hockey this season will be the Warwick Over 45 men's side, which plays at the Gold Coast this weekend.