Tweed hosts state hockey battle

Jake Farrell and Andrew Butturini are the latest of a long line of top class hockey players to come out of Tweed Border Hockey.
Jake Farrell and Andrew Butturini are the latest of a long line of top class hockey players to come out of Tweed Border Hockey. supplied

FIRST class hockey comes to the Tweed on Sunday when a Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) side clashes with a NSW Institute of Sport line-up at Murwillumbah's Barrie Smith Field.

Three of Tweed's finest young talents will be in action during the match which starts at 2pm (NSW) - Dylan Wotherspoon, Jake Farrell and Andrew Butturini who will wear the maroon colours of Queensland.

The main event will be preceded by an under 17 boys representative fixture at 12.30pm when Tweed Border hosts Far North Coast in what also promises to be a display of quality hockey.

The QAS-NSWIS match will be watched closely by state selectors as they prepare to choose members for the Queensland Blades and NSW Waratahs squads which will represent their states in the National Hockey League later in the year.

The three local hot-shots all honed their marvellous skills in Tweed Border hockey before going on to represent NSW at schoolboy hockey and Queensland at age levels.

The trio were part of the victorious Australian squad which contested the Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.

Butturini is out of that remarkable Waratahs nursery down at Burringbar while Wotherspoon and Farrell are products of the Redbacks club in Murwillumbah.

Gates open at noon and admission is free.

Topics:  hockey

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