Reliable Hancocks player Justine Parkes (left) closes on a Bellbowrie player during their recent A-grade hockey match at Raceview.
Reliable Hancocks player Justine Parkes (left) closes on a Bellbowrie player during their recent A-grade hockey match at Raceview.

A-grade hockey begins

TODAY is the beginning of the A-grade men's and women's combined competition between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

The Norths women will be the first to tackle a team from up the mountain when they take on Past High in the 4pm clash today.

Tomorrow's other two matches for Ipswich women's sides feature competition heavyweights Swifts taking on Hancocks (2.30pm) and Bellbowrie against Thistles (5.30pm).

Bellbowrie and Thistles are chasing their first wins of the season. Expect to see a great game from Bellbowrie's Steph Bice and Kari Coombes, who have been training well with the Ipswich women's side.

Thistles are looking to continue their steady improvement under the guidance of Peter Oldham.

Bellbowrie should come out on top in this encounter with Norths and Swifts also notching convincing victories.

In the men's competition, Norths men meet Past High at 5.30pm today with the other game being between Hancocks and Wests tomorrow at 4pm.

The Hancocks-Wests game is of vital importance to both sides with each team struggling to keep pace with Easts and Norths.

Easts and Norths are undefeated with Hancocks' sole victory coming against the winless Magpies.

Pre-season favourites Wests have slowly been building up to a win with a much improved performance against Easts last weekend. They will rely on Todd Watson and Greg Walker to create the scoring opportunities with goalkeeper Mark Sharrad looking to have a big game in the net.

Hancocks will look to veteran defender Bruce Robertson to guide them around the park tomorrow with Conlon Mallet also eager to continue his impressive short-corner hitting.

The Magpies are tipped to sneak home in this one.

Norths should easily account for Past High today.

SOME excellent E-grade games are on display this morning.

At 10.15am, the future stars of Ipswich hockey will line up.

Come up to the grass fields and watch some of the young talent that is going to be filling the senior ranks in a couple of years.

Expect fine skills, laughter, cheering and an enjoyable atmosphere.

Show your true colours and support your club's juniors.



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