Watson's keen tomake most of late SW Qld call-up

DEPENDABLE Ipswich player Todd Watson was understandably disappointed when he first missed out on retaining his spot in the South West Queensland team.

However, he was eager to accept another opportunity when called into the side for injured Toowoomba representative Kris Glass.

Watson, 31, joins a strong Ipswich connection lining up for the Lumberjacks at the Super League championships in Brisbane over the long weekend.

"I wasn't ready to go at all,'' Watson said. "That close, you don't usually get a call-up as a shadow.''

However, having shared in South West Queensland's past two title successes, he's keen to rejoin his teammates knowing this weekend could be one of his final representative campaigns.

"It's a good side,'' Watson said. "Guys like Tobias Figura - he's number one in driving the team.''

Figura is co-captain with respected Toowoomba player Craig Smith.

Watson has played with a number of the Ipswich and Toowoomba players in recent campaigns. The other Ipswich players along with Figura are Mark Pocock, Chris Mantell, Josh Davies, Aaron O'Beirne, Jarrod Brown and newcomer Jay Pavitt.

As a senior A-grade player at Wests, Watson has been performing an important development job mentoring the club's up coming younger players.

This weekend, he's back with some of Queensland's leading hockey players.

"It's great playing at a higher level,'' he said. "It's a big difference.''

The Lumberjacks had their final training session in Toowoomba on Wednesday night with coach Steve Hawthorne.

"It was a lot of technical stuff, what we want to do as a team,'' Watson said, keen to help out.

"He (Hawthorne) had to rethink his whole strategy losing a 70 minute player (Glass).

"I think it's going to be a bit of role sharing.''

That makes every minute on the field this weekend extra important for Watson. "It's probably the last hurrah I'd say,'' he said.

The titles run from tomorrow to Monday at the State Hockey Centre.

 



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