Southern Suburbs’ captain Nathan Christensen.
Southern Suburbs’ captain Nathan Christensen. Allan Reinikka

Souths are confident ahead of Rd 6

SOUTHERN Suburbs' captain Nathan Christensen is confident his depleted A1 men's team can keep its imposing Central Queensland Hockey League record intact.

Souths have suffered an early blow with striker Steven Snell and Ryan Early (hamstring) ruled out of this weekend's clash with Sparks.

But Christensen is hoping last week's 6-1 loss to Wanderers will give his side enough drive to claim a Round 6 win.

"We've been going really well this season, up until we lost to Wanderers last weekend," Christensen said.

"We are down a couple of players this weekend but not enough to lose to these guys."

Sparks are the unknown in the competition and due to their inconsistency throughout the season Christensen was unsure of what to expect.

"They are normally fairly strong. I haven't looked at their team too much but they have a fair bit of experience," he said.

"We will need to work hard on our ball transition from mid-field to defence if we want to claim the win."

Christensen said an explosive first-up effort from Souths would pose a major threat for the Sparks, with spirits high at training this week.

"We have a pretty young team with a good mix of experience. We all get along really well," he said.

"We've had good numbers at training this week with everyone focused on defence and counter-attacking."

The centre-half has faith in Souths' newcomer Dylan Elliot and returning Rob Peterson adding strike through the middle.

"We are pretty fortunate most of our players can play in all four lines," Christensen said.

"We aren't too concerned on winning, that will come the more we gel."

Southern Suburbs take on Sparks at Kalka Shades tomorrow afternoon, 5.15pm.



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