Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rep Duty Priority before Ipswich Fixtures Hot Up; Grand Final Hopefuls Yet to Unleash Best Line-Ups

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rep Duty Priority before Ipswich Fixtures Hot Up; Grand Final Hopefuls Yet to Unleash Best Line-Ups

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

State of play

A-grade men: Easts 4 (M Llewelyn, L Smith, D Mantell, T Miller) d Norths 1 (N Maddocks); Hancock Brothers 4 (A McClelland 4) drew Wests 4 (N Hooper, G Walker, B Nicholls, B Thomas).

Latest points (after five games): Easts 8, Norths 7, Wests 7, Hancocks 5.

A-grade women: Swifts 5 (K Bennett 2, K Nicholls, D Casey, K Schneider) d Wests 0; Norths 1 (S Sue) drew Thistles 1 (S Jeffreys); Hancock Brothers 4 (Elyse Smolenski 3, A McDermott) d Bellbowrie 0.

Points (after five games): Swifts 15, Hancocks 12, Norths 7, Wests 6, Bellbowrie 3, Thistles 1.

EASTS gained a handy three points in beating defending A-grade premiers Norths 4-1 in their grand final rematch at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

However, both coaches agreed a more accurate measure of Easts and NorthsCO 2013 title credentials would come later in the season.

A number of players from both clubs are preparing to represent Ipswich at the open state titles later this week.

C[pounds sterling]It wasnCOt the greatest but weCOre far from stressed,C[yen] last yearCOs Norths premiership-winning coach Jamie Burns said.

C[pounds sterling]We (Norths) havenCOt been training that hard lately.

C[pounds sterling]A lot of the boys have a lot of Ipswich commitments and that. Once Ipswich is all out of the road, weCOll start focusing a bit harder.C[yen]

New Easts coach Darren Manson said his competition-leading team was in a similar situation.

C[pounds sterling]We still had a couple of players out (David Llewelyn and Thomas Bushnell) so that made it a bit more pleasing,C[yen] Manson said. C[pounds sterling]It was just a good hit-out, the first time weCOve played them.

C[pounds sterling]When all this Ipswich stuff is out of the way, I think that will be good. …

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