Players back in action, either side of Cup fun

FRESH from a week's break, Round 11 of the men's A-grade hockey competition features two all-Ipswich clashes on a big Ipswich Cup weekend.

Wests Magpies were to play at 8.30pm last night against the Hancock Buzzsaws. Both teams needed a win to stay in touch with Easts and Norths.

Tom A Hawk expected Wests to prevail 3-2.

Tomorrow at 4pm is the top of the table clash between Easts and Norths in what always provides an exciting match-up.

However, both sides could be fielding dusty troops after the Ipswich Cup celebrations.

The Devils had four of their stars in the South West Lumberjacks side who triumphed in the Super League championships. They will be full of confidence still buzzing from that high.

After Queensland Country selection, Steve Bayliss and Dave Llewelyn will be key players upfront for the Tigers' attack.

Tom A Hawk predicts neither side to get over tomorrow's "Cup hangover", resulting in a scrappy 2-2 draw.

The women's fixtures also started last night with Thistles taking on Wests.

Thistles have been recent improvers and secured their first win recently. However, Wests were still flying high on the competition ladder, pressing Hancocks for second place.

After recently becoming engaged and having a weekend off, Amy Korner was looking to lead the Magpies into the top two. Wests were tipped to win 4-1.

In the first of tomorrow's women's fixtures, Bellbowrie will be looking to continue their good form with a win over the hapless Past High outfit.

The Strikers can build on the recent draws and claim another win 4-2.

In the second game in Toowoomba, Swifts tackle Newtown at 1.45pm.

After key roles helping Ipswich win the Division 1 Queensland Masters title, Anne-Marie Callow and Di Casey will be looking to continue their excellent form. Swifts are tipped to demolish Newtown 5-0.

The final fixture of Cup weekend is between Norths and Hancocks in what is promising to be an epic encounter.

Hancocks would still be hurting from their recent loss against Red Lions and Norths would be looking to capitalise on closing the gap to second.

Sarah Parlett was in red hot form for the South West Lumberjills last weekend. She will be looking to lead the Devils to a decisive 3-0 victory.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the successful South West Queensland and masters teams. It is great to see such excellent representation for Ipswich Hockey.

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