Players seek selection at carnival
AFTER playing for the New South Wales over 45s side at last year’s nationals in Hobart, Libby Thomas is aiming to make a Queensland team this year when Warwick hosts the state ladies’ veteran’s hockey titles this weekend.
Thomas played club hockey for the Wyverns club in Warwick last year when living in Tenterfield and was therefore eligible to play for New South Wales.
As she has moved to Queensland, Thomas is now eligible for Maroons selection and is in the halves for the host team.
Cate Hodgson and Toni Cox are the joint coaches of a Warwick team which has been training for three months in preparation for the state championships.
Five Warwick players are seeking state selection.
Shannon Armbruster and Kylie Hollist are going for the over 35s side.
Cox is aiming for over 40s selection and both Hodgson and Thomas want to make a Maroons over-45-years team for the nationals in Canberra on October 1-9.
All the Warwick players will have a busy weekend as they will work as volunteers between games.
Hodgson and Cox will also umpire.
“The carnival has come together well,” Hodgson said.
“There have been heaps of volunteers at Queens Park this week.”
Warwick players Kerryn Easey, Janine Crawford, Noela Ensbey and Selene Keleher are helping out Moranbah by donning the colours of the mining town this weekend.
Teams will play games in their pools today and tomorrow morning before the start of crossover games.
Finals start on Monday morning and Warwick is hoping to improve on last year’s third place in division four at the state championships at Buderim.
Warwick team: Goalie Kerri Fitch, Narelle Mason; fullbacks Prue Birch, Kylie Hollist, Anne Clarke; halves Toni Cox, Cate Hodgson, Libby Thomas, Trish Bell; strikers Jacqui Croft, Michelle Eastwell, Michelle Leahy, Shannon Armbruster, Nic Burley, Lucie Manifold.