CHANCE TO SHINE: The Bundaberg 1 team that will compete in the Queensland Women's Masters Championships this weekend.
CHANCE TO SHINE: The Bundaberg 1 team that will compete in the Queensland Women's Masters Championships this weekend. Contributed

Bundaberg teams are ready to deliver at home

WITH a point to prove this year, Bundaberg’s leading women’s masters team is aiming for the top.

Starting today Bundaberg will host the Queensland Women’s Masters Championships with 46 teams playing from all around the state.

Featuring the best hockey players over the age of 35, it is the first time in 22 years that Bundaberg is hosting the event.

This year they will be fielding two teams in division three and five, with both aiming to impress and win the title in front of their home fans.

For the team in division three in particular – called Bundaberg 1 – they want to bounce back to division two after being there a couple of years ago.

Boasting four state representatives and multiple national players, the team has been training for the past few months to be competitive.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Amanda Wightman prepares for the veterans hockey tournament this weekend.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Amanda Wightman prepares for the veterans hockey tournament this weekend. Mike Knott BUN200716HOCKEY2

Player Susan Kendall said the team can’t wait to play at home.

“We’ve been training since Christmas basically because we’ve been excited the championships are here in Bundaberg,” she said.

“It’s our chance to shine on our home soil.”

With Bundaberg’s only success coming in division three in 2009, this team believes it is capable of winning the division again.

“This year however I do believe on paper we’re a really strong team,” Kendall said.

“We’re hoping that at the end of the carnival we will be winners.”

Kendall said a strong defence will help them achieve the win.

“We do have a good defensive line,” she said.

“Each of us is confident in each other that we can fulfil the roles.”

Bundaberg is teamed in pool B with Gold Coast 2, Sunshine Coast 2 and Hervey Bay.

There first match is at 7.15am.

Meanwhile in division five, the Bundaberg 2 team is confident of their chances of success.

Player Margaret Vincenzotti said the main goal was to have fun.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Margaret Vicenzotti prepares for the veterans hockey tournament this weekend.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Margaret Vicenzotti prepares for the veterans hockey tournament this weekend. Mike Knott BUN200716HOCKEY4

“[We’re] hoping to win a few games and just be out there.

“ I think the hardest team we’ll face is Brisbane 6.”

“[It’s a] really exciting time and great for Bundaberg.”

The team will play their first match at 7.15am.

The tournament will be held for the next three days with finals to be held on Sunday.

Spectators are more than welcome to attend the championships.



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