Talented Ipswich district junior brigade to jostle for finals glory
IT is that time of year where the juniors tackle the all-important finals head on.
And there is plenty of junior excitement on offer this weekend at the Ipswich Hockey Complex where some teams will be playing to continue their season and others will be playing to qualify for the grand final in two weeks.
The first game on semi-final weekend is the E grade girls match at 10am.
It is between third-placed Thistles and fourth-placed Wests White.
Wests White ended the season a long way behind a strong Thistles outfit. However, they will be looking to summon that Magpie spirit to produce the big performance needed.
Thistles should prove too strong to progress to next week's preliminary final.
The other 10am match is in the J2 grade, where top ranked team Bellbowrie take on second-placed Hancocks on field 1
Matches between these teams have been epic. It will be intriguing to see who ends up qualifying for the grand final from this match.
Hancocks might have the edge in this match, tipped to win 3-2.
Another game to highlight over the weekend will be the battle between Wests and Hancocks in the J1 boys major semi-final where the winner goes straight through to the grand final.
The two teams have been battling out the top of the J1 grade for a number of years and this season has been no different.
Both teams finished with more than 40 points and only two points separated the top-of-the-table Magpies from the second-placed Buzzsaws.
Tekoda Sharrad, Byron Davies and Harrison Brown will be leading the way for Wests. They have been major contributors to their 102 season goal tally.
For Hancocks, look for the exciting Zac McCoombes and Kyle Jackson to put on a show and land the Buzzsaws straight into the grand final.
It would be great to see plenty of support for our junior players and umpires over the weekend.