Players face state tournament

HOCKEY: Local hockey competitors are gearing up for the state tournament this weekend and their shot to represent Queensland at nationals next year.

Four Rockhampton teams will hit the courts at the CQ Community Sports Centre for the 2009-2010 Hockey Queensland Under 14 and Under 16 State Team Challenge.

Rockhampton Indoor Hockey Association will host the event and will see teams from Maryborough, Townsville and Brisbane compete for the title.

Rockhampton have entered two strong teams in the under-16 boys division, Rockhampton Storm and Rocky Thunder, and two under-16 girls teams, the Rockhampton Firebirds and the Rockhampton Flames.

Secretary of the club Joseph Rudolph said spectators could expect to see the locals strongly challenge competitors from around the state.

“The players have been training and they are working hard, so they can hopefully seal the win,” he said.

“The boys are defending their title from last year’s win in Brisbane and hope to take away the title again.”

The weekend’s competition also stands as selections for the young players to represent the Queensland under-16 team for the National Invitational Under 16 Boys and Girls Championships in January.

“Some of the players will be out there for the competition and some will be competing to get selected.

“Locals can come down and see the athletes from around the state and our own local up-and-coming competitors,” he said.

The three-day competition will start on Friday and continue to Sunday.

The first game to be played will be Rockhampton Storm versus Brisbane Green on Saturday morning at 8.30am followed by Brisbane Blue against Rocky Thunder at 9.20am.



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