Collins to impress State selectors
RYAN Collins wants to impress State selectors as he heads to Rockhampton with the Warwick under-13 hockey team for the State championships starting June 28.
The Warwick team of 11 will be boosted by two players from Rockhampton.
Ryan Collins and Brendan Zwoerner are the two oldest players in the side, and Isaac Johnson the youngest at eight years of age.
“It will be fun to go away with all my mates for four days of hockey.
“I am aiming to make the State team somewhere in the forwards, but know I will need to score some goals to impress selectors,” Ryan said.
Warwick is playing in division two at Rockhampton, and coach Phil Rolfe is hoping for a top-four finish.
There are eight teams in the division and each side will play seven games before the cross-over games and finals.
The Warwick side has some form on the board this season, with a third placing in the Coulter Shield.
The team will be one of the youngest at the championships, with only four players going up an age group next year.
Rolfe said this year's under-13 team was the first to go to State championships for eight or nine years.
“We have had great support from major sponsors Doylie's Glass and Aluminium as well as Peter Stewart Ford, Carey Brothers Butchers, Warwick Screen Printing and KFC,” Rolfe said.
Rolfe will be assisted on the sidelines by manager Greg Johnson and assistant manager Jamie Reid.