Matthew Eastwell and Jacob Reid head off to Cairns today for the state championships.
Matthew Eastwell and Jacob Reid head off to Cairns today for the state championships. Michael Cormack

Star pair stepping up

HOCKEY: Warwick hockey products Jacob Reid and Matthew Eastwell had one message for the other teams ahead of the Queensland Under-19s Schoolboys Hockey Championships: bring it on.

Both Reid and Eastwell are just 15 years of age but with plenty of representative experience behind them, the possibility of playing against opposition up to four years older than them did not faze the two Darling Downs players.

"It should be pretty good," Eastwell said.

"Jacob's been (to the championships) before but I haven't.

"I'm just looking forward to the experience there. I'm not really worried about playing against older players."

Reid said it would be a step up but one the duo could make.

"I've played men's hockey before so it's not too daunting," Reid said.

"It will definitely be quicker and more intense.

"But you can handle that by having speed, good positioning on the field and playing man-on-man."

Reid is also highly familiar with his teammates, something he said would help.

"I know all of them from playing with and against them," he said.

"It helps with knowing how they play."

While Eastwell has not played at the championships before, he will have the familiar face of Reid alongside him on the field.

"We've both been playing since we were four," he said.

"We haven't always played alongside each other in that time but we've played together for quite a while.

"It certainly helps with chemistry and knowing how we both play.

"It will also help off the field knowing someone when we're in camp."

The championships begin in Cairns tomorrow.

Reid competed in the championships last year in Brisbane and will come in fresh off the Australian National Under-15s Championships last month.



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