Champion Norths for TigerTurf Cup
NORTHS coach Jamie Burns received an instant response when he asked his premiership-winning players if they wanted a post-season run.
Those available were quick to say yes.
The recently crowned Ipswich men's hockey champions will tackle some of South East Queensland's best teams over the next two weekends.
Other Ipswich sides Easts and Wests will also compete at the TigerTurf Cup hockey tournament, starting on Saturday at Carina.
Norths open their campaign in pool B with Wests, QAS and Gold Coast grand finalist Burleigh.
"We'll go down and see what happens," Burns said.
"It was the boys' idea. I put it to them and they all approached me and said they were as keen as mustard to have a run."
In its third year, the post-season tournament features some of the state's best players in top club sides from Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
The TigerTurf Cup is played under a format similar to the popular International Super Series developed by Australian Kookaburras super coach Ric Charlesworth.
Teams are reduced from 11 players to nine a side, which will provide plenty of attacking opportunities, in matches to be played over two 15-minute halves.
"It's going to be a pretty open, fast game, which probably suits our style of hockey anyway," Burns said.
The Devils proved that by winning the recent A-grade grand final 4-3 over Easts in extra-time drop-offs.
Easts Ipswich is in Pool A alongside Norths (Brisbane), Gold Coast heavyweight Labrador and defending TigerTurf Cup champions and host side Easts (Brisbane).
The TigerTurf Cup tournament is at the Clem Jones Sports Centre (Stanley Road, Carina). The finals are on October 20.