Green set for state of origin clash
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON-RAISED Robbie Green is looking forward to playing for NSW against Queensland in this weekend's much anticipated State Of Origin Australian Hockey League (AHL) Cup at the Grafton Hockey Centre.
The 26-year-old, a NSW team member since 1999, loves nothing better than returning home to catch up with family and friends, play hockey and especially beating the 'Reds'.
"Everyone in the team is really looking forward to coming to Grafton over Easter, especially the local boys in the team," Green said.
"It's going to be a great weekend. And after last weekend it's going to be especially good with the State Of Origin flavour and beating those Queenslanders."
Last weekend Green and the NSW team, minus its Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning players, beat West Australia Thundersticks 2-1 in two games in Perth during the first round of the AHL Cup.
Ten Commonwealth gold medal Australian team members will be competing during the Grafton tournament involving State men and women's teams.
The NSW-Queensland rivalry dates back for many years and last year the NSW team with three Grafton locals, Green, hockey legend Brent Livermore and Peter Kelly, beat Queensland on their home turf in the final.
Green has enjoyed yet another great year with NSW and his Sydney-based team, Moorebank.
After playing with the United Bears (Now City Bears) during his time in Grafton, Green left for Sydney in 1998 to further his hockey and work career.
The popular left half was again recognised for his talents winning the prestigious Brian Booth Medal for Best and Fairest in the Sydney Hockey League for the second straight occasion.
This year's AHL Cup will be played over four weekend rounds with the finals series in Hobart next month.
At the end of the season an Australian development squad will be selected.
Green, who was considered unlucky not to make it last year, is hoping to be picked in the elite squad, just one step short on his ultimate dream, playing for the Kookaburras.