Jamie Reid, Toni Cox and Steve Farrell are ready to defend for Warwick tonight in the masters grand final in Toowoomba.
Jamie Reid, Toni Cox and Steve Farrell are ready to defend for Warwick tonight in the masters grand final in Toowoomba. Gerard Walsh

Warwick hockey coach hoping law of averages on his side

AFTER only conceding 14 goals in 18 games in Toowoomba Hockey Association masters fixtures this season, Warwick captain-coach Steve Farrell hopes the law of averages works tonight.

"We won the grand final 1-0 last year so hope to keep Past High scoreless," Farrell said.

Warwick's defence evolves around two goalies who alternate in the box, Queensland masters representative Tony Duncan and association junior co-ordinator Alan Balfour.

In the grand final, Duncan will start in goal and Balfour will use all his experience for Warwick in defence.

Farrell, who played for the Australian masters in New Zealand this year, is part of a strong defensive line.

"We have a history of struggling against major centres so we have had good defenders down the years," he said.

"The team has finished the season with 15 players and we will miss forward Dave Jordan who is in Perth with work."

Jordan plays as an inside forward and the two positions tonight will be filled by Greg McDonald and Gary Millard with Peter Rutledge and Dion Phillips also options.

The team's leading scorer Matt Hagenbach has 22 goals and will play centre half with Phil Rolfe at centre forward. Warwick has scored 107 goals for the season but Farrell will settle for one more than Past High tonight.

Toni Cox was one of the first two women to play in the masters' competition on a Thursday night in Toowoomba, now there are 30.

Like Farrell, she has played in all three Warwick grand finals and has the chance to make it three premierships in four finals tonight.

"I enjoy men's masters as the hockey is the same standard as in national women's masters," Cox said.

She started playing hockey seriously after earlier concentrating on touch rugby where she represented Queensland in the State of Origin arena and Australia.

Jamie Reid has one grand final win from one appearance and won't even think about any negatives in the run up to the finals.

"We are always confident, there are no negative thoughts in this team," he said.

He is set to play in defence for Warwick.

Warwick has only lost one match in Toowoomba masters hockey all season and that was to Red Lions Red.

See game result online and full match report and photos in Saturday's edition from sports writer Gerard Walsh who is travelling to Toowoomba with the team for the season decider.

Grand final

Warwick v Past High

8.15pm tonight

Clyde Park

Boundary Rd

Toowoomba



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