New Wests coach backs club talents to keep shining
AS an exercise physiologist working in Toowoomba, Daniel Westphal is performing a number of hockey roles this season.
However, he is particularly enjoying his first full season coaching Wests in the Ipswich A-Grade competition.
After watching rising talent Rhys Stenzel net his first top grade hat-trick that included the winning goal, Westphal was encouraged by his side's progress.
"We are going all right,'' the former Wests A-Grade striker said after the Magpies rallied late to beat Easts 4-3 at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
Although the latest win was a scrappy game, Westphal was pleased to see players like Stenzel stepping up this season.
"He's a good pick-up for us,'' Westphal said of former Queensland junior Stenzel, who also plays for Saints in the Brisbane competition.
"He played in the middle on the weekend with Caleb McCoombes at fullback so a little bit of a change in terms of structure but it worked all right.''
Stenzel has lined up in all Wests games this season, having been in some A-Grade matches last season.
"He got into the right positions at the right time,'' the coach said of Stenzel's latest goalscoring success.
Stenzel was one of the Wests' contingent that recently represented Ipswich at the Queensland championships in Toowoomba.
The other Ipswich players include goalkeeper Matt West and defenders Caleb McCoombes and Ben Peters.
"He's stepped up as one of the senior leaders in the team now,'' Westphal said of Peters.
As his side's former strength and conditioning coach, Westphal is settling well into his new role.
"I'm adjusting to it and learning things along the way,'' he said.
"I played a few seasons of A-Grade and got injured. I tried to play last year but didn't pull up too good so this year just focus on the coaching.''
When former coach Michael Wiseman stood down before last year's modified Ipswich COVID competition, Westphal put his hand up at Wests, in addition to providing some mentoring with Toowoomba hockey.
"It's still good to be involved,'' he said.
"I'm a pretty passionate player so I'd like to be out there still.
"I get frustrated watching on the bench sometimes.
"It's a good role coaching.''
Wests regular Tom Picton is helping out as assistant coach this season recovering from an ACL injury.
In the other A-Grade men's match, Norths upstaged defending premiers Hancocks 7-3 with Luke Brown scoring a hat-trick.
While knowing Norths and Hancocks are the teams to beat, Westphal is focused on his team's progress.
"We are speaking a lot about creating that winning attitude at the moment and trying to build in terms of our season and string a few wins together,'' Westphal said. "And get some momentum coming into the second half of this season.''
The Hancocks women retained top spot in their A-Grade competition, holding out Wests 2-0.
Thistles beat Easts 4-1.
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Men's and boys results May 14-16
A Grade: Wests 4 (Rhys Stenzel 3, Zac McCoombes) d Easts 3 (Jacob Robertson, Jesse Hoyland, Aidan Hansen); Norths 7 (Luke Brown 3, Trent Goldenstein 2, Zac Profke, Dean Jeffrey) d Hancock Brothers 3 (Jay Pavitt 2, Ryan Smith).
Reserve Grade: Easts 5 (T Woodford 3, C Mantell, S Savage) drew Wests 5 (T Smith, Z Pascoe, C Pamenter, C Jaenke, M Thomas); Norths 6 (B Powell 2, L Lambert, P Jordan, A Saric-Pamenter, K Jackson) d Hancock Brothers 2 (C Banditt 2).
R2 Grade: Bellbowrie 4 (A Flegg, G Weller, P Armstrong, J Donald) d Hancock Brothers 2 (N Brault, D Pavitt); Wests 3 (D Walsh, S Trainer, M Thomas) d Easts Gold 2 (R Pickering, M Tange); Norths 5 (A Maddocks 2, T Ross, B Smith, J Henig) d Easts Black 3 (G Singh, J Fleming, Z Chetham.
A2 Grade: Wests 7 (C Eastall 3, N Smith 2, J Hughes, S Meredith) d Northern Strikers 0; Easts 5 (J Barnes 2, J Flemming 2, L McDermott Parkes) d Hancock Brothers 2 (G Harkins).
J1 Grade: Easts 1 (L O'Connor) drew Norths 1 (J Woodhams); Hancock Brothers 3 d Bellbowrie 0 on a forfeit.
J2 Grade: Hancock Brothers 6 (L Dawson 2, A Hanly 2, F Evans, M Hogan) d Norths 0; Easts Black 5 (N Morris 5) d Easts Gold 4 (S Ackerman 2, T Campbell, L Mantell).
Women's and girls results May 14-16
A Grade: Hancock Brothers 2 (Abby Eleison, Caleisha Harper) d Wests 0; Thistles 4 (Bridget Carkeet 2, Nicole Yearbury 2) d Easts 1 (Jade Close).
Reserve Grade: Bellbowrie 3 (S Ashton 2, J Casey) d Thistles 2 (K Dutney, L Steele); Swifts 1 (K Dixon) d Wests 0; Norths 5 (S Parlett, C Hinze, E Bartlam, L Blackman, B Forde) d Easts 0.
R2 Grade: Easts 3 (L Savage, K Chetham, N McKenzie) drew Bellbowrie Gold 3 (C Murren 2, D Ashton-Norton); Veterans 6 (S Ashton 2, L Fisher, E-J Oldham, B Simpson, S Francis) d Swifts 0; Hancock Brothers 3 (J Acfield 2, K Neilson) d Bellbowrie Green 0.
A2 Grade: Bellbowrie 6 (D Greenlash 4, H Randall 2) d Swifts 2 (S Brown, L Shaw); Wests 6 (T Butler 3, M Emmerson 2, J Goetsch) d Hancock Brothers 0; Thistles 6 (L Steele 2, K Dutney, C Liddell, T Wright, L Harris) d Veterans 0.
C Grade: Swifts 3 (A Wells 2, T Jones) d Easts 1 (T McPeak); Northern Strikers 8 (K Melksham 4, C McDowell 3, C Casey) d Thistles/Hancocks 1 (L Hill).
D Grade: Wests 9 (L Payne 4, S Long 3, M Doyle, P May) d Swifts 0; Easts 4 (G Batten 2, D Hollis, G Mooney) d Norths 1 (B Profke).
E Grade: Easts 6 (L Smith 3, L Hooper 2, E Denton) d Swifts 0; Norths 8 (R Jones 5, I Jeffrey, K Buttery, D Kara) d Hancock Brothers 0; Thistles 6 (E Janke 4, C Muller, J Wenck) d Wests 0.