Dion Phillips shows his style in Warwick club hockey and will play in the grand final tonight in Toowoomba.
Dion Phillips shows his style in Warwick club hockey and will play in the grand final tonight in Toowoomba. Emma Channon

Warwick veterans title favourites

WARWICK is aiming for its first premiership in Toowoomba veterans' hockey when it plays Past High at 7pm tonight at Clyde Park.

Left inner Dion Phillips is a regular in the Warwick team and reckons the game will be close.

Phillips played his first season in Warwick in 2006 and is seeking his second premiership on the Darling Downs after winning one for Saints in Warwick.

Warwick players Steve Farrell and Phillips are in Queensland veterans' teams this year.

Captain Gary Millard said his side had a good chance of winning after beating Rangeville 3-0 in the major semi.

"Past High beat Rangeville in the preliminary final last week," Millard said.

All Warwick players are fit approaching the most important game of the season.

While the competition is predominately men, there are women in most teams, including Warwick half Toni Cox.

"Toni plays extremely well and matches it with whoever her opponent is," he said.

Millard said the strength of the team was across the field.

"We are as good in attack as defence," Millard said.

"Andrew Millard is our youngest at 36 and Warwick hockey president Peter Pickering the oldest at 63."

In two seasons in Toowoomba veterans, Warwick has won the President's Cup for mid-season supremacy both years.

A team bus will leave Queens Park at 5.15pm for Clyde Park in Boundary Rd, West Toowoomba.

Warwick junior grand finals will be played on Saturday morning with a senior round robin to conclude the season in the afternoon.

The Warwick A3 women's team plays in the 11.15am Toowoomba grand final on Saturday. A Past High team with seven Warwick women is in the A2 final at 1pm Saturday.

Warwick teams have only previously won one premiership in Toowoomba hockey - the Wizards won the 1997 A1 men's competition.

With teams in grand finals tonight and on Saturday, Warwick has the chance to improve its premiership tally.



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