Bellbowrie to battle after hiccup

RECENTLY-elected Bellbowrie Hockey Club president Jan Walker is saddened the club is unable to field a men’s team in this year’s Ipswich competition.

However, the long-time Bellbowrie supporter said the club would continue to support the Ipswich competition after a changing of the guard and problems with the devastating floods.

“We don’t have a men’s team this year, sadly,” Walker said yesterday.

“There’s been a couple of hiccups with the men, the boys numbers are a bit low but we’re not the only ones with that problem.

“There’s lots of things going on with lots of clubs with people being affected by floods and all sorts of things.

“The club is pretty strong. We’re just working on keeping that going.”

The Bellbowrie club has nominated at least 12 teams, including a women’s A grade side being coached by Joe Norris.

The 2011 Ipswich hockey competition starts on March 11.

The Bellbowrie club has supported the Ipswich competition for a number of years.

Walker was voted in as president during the club’s annual general meeting in November.

“When you have a changeover of any sort of executive, it takes a little while to get on your feet and get it all going,” she said.

“I have been around the club for a long time and my family has been involved a long, long time.

“I love the game and I love the club.”

With no A grade men’s side, the club is planning to field a Reserve Grade line-up in the Ipswich competition. The team has entered a carnival in Brisbane this weekend (story page 34).

Bellbowrie’s women’s and girls’ representation remains strong with eight teams nominated across the seven Ipswich grades.

The club’s Bellbowrie fields are being used for training again after being submerged by the floods.

“The area we cover (Bellbowrie and Karalee) has been hit pretty hard but I imagine there’s other parts of Ipswich that have been as well,” Walker said.

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