Promising hockey players hitting off in Ipswich

IPSWICH is preparing to host one of the major School Sport 12 years and under tournaments from tomorrow until Sunday.

Zone teams from around the state will play at the Ipswich Hockey Complex at the annual state championships.

The Met West boys and girls teams have a strong Ipswich flavour.

Ipswich A-grade player and Leichhardt-based teacher Tim Woodford is coaching the boys' side, assisted by long-serving Ipswich player and St Edmund's College official Kerri Michel as manager.

The Met West girls' team is being guided by Loretta Steele, of Bundamba State School.

She's being assisted by manager Deborah Hinton, from Goodna State School.

Both teams have been training for six weeks and feature a strong representation from Ipswich and district schools.

Woodford and Steele are excited about the young talent they are keen to help develop at the championships in Ipswich.

The day one matches start at 9.30am tomorrow after the opening ceremony.



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