Olympian on the list for Warwick Vets hockey
HOCKEY: Retired Olympian Grant Smith will head up a long list of representative players heading to Warwick for the Condamine Sports Club Vets Nines this weekend.
Smith is a regular in a Warwick team, organised by Australian over 35 years vice-captain Adam Byrne, each year.
The competition, which starts tomorrow night, has attracted seven teams: three from Warwick, two from Toowoomba and teams from Brisbane and Redcliffe.
It will be mixed competition for nine-a-side hockey with a requirement for two women to be on the field at all times.
Each team will play six games each, two by 15-minute halves, with the two top teams facing each other in the final on Sunday at 12.30pm.
Warwick team For Sheep Stations includes Tenterfield resident Warren Jenkins, who played in the mixed competition last year. Jenkins was the NSW over 60s vice-captain at last year's Australian Masters Championships in Lismore where he was then selected in the over 60s Australian team.
Sass Fit from Brisbane is returning as is last year's winner, Hugh Jass from Toowoomba.
The Toowoomba team will include former Warwick junior and Australian Country representative Stephen Hawthorne.
The Windle brothers, Damian, Grant and Craig, will all play in Hawthorne's team. Damian and Grant have both represented the Queensland Blades in the Australian Hockey League and Craig has represented Queensland at junior level.
Grant is coaching director this season for Nambour Blue Demons, and Damian has retired from Brisbane club hockey after a long career with Valleys and St Andrew's.
Their mother Sheryl Windle has started her second term as president of Warwick Hockey Association.
The open morning on Saturday is a change for new and returning players to sign up for the new season.
All are welcome from 9am to noon.
Prospective players, aged four and older, can have a go in some mini games, watch some of the vets games on the turf, meet the committee and ask questions about this year's competitions, which include the new teen league comp and the return of social walking hockey as a weekly competition.
Anyone unable to attend on Saturday can phone Angela Groves on 0407021450.