Matt Eastwell (right), who plays club hockey in Warwick and Toowoomba, playing for Queensland against a team from New Zealand last year.
Matt Eastwell (right), who plays club hockey in Warwick and Toowoomba, playing for Queensland against a team from New Zealand last year. Flossy Shots

Warwick hockey players can eye off Super League teams

HOCKEY: The South-West Lumberjacks and Lumberjills will now have a larger selection pool to pick from for this year's Super League competition.

Players from Warwick will now be able to run out for the representative side that normally consists of players from Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Lumberjacks coach Steve Hawthorne has been in charge of the team for the last five years and is looking forward to bringing more talent from the region to the tournament.

"There are a lot of young guys from Warwick who play in the Toowoomba comp and in time they will make the team," he said.

"The more the merrier. Warwick is starting to produce some very good players who are dual-registered to play for Toowoomba."

Last year, the Lumberjacks and Lumberjills missed out on the finals of the Super League.

However, despite the result, four players from the region were named in the Queensland team to play in the coveted Australian Hockey League.

Ipswich's Adam Spry has been named the coach of the Lumberjills this year.

Hawthorne started his hockey in Warwick juniors and returns to his hometown each year to play in the Australia Day Cricket Carnival.



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