Parkes boys return to face home-town team in Premier League Hockey round

As Parkes United get ready to host the Western Premier League's defending premiers Lithgow Panthers this weekend, two local boys are gearing up for their return home as part of the Panthers outfit.

Jacob Townsend and Taylor Dolbel are part of the dominant Lithgow team, who are this year chasing their fourth consecutive premiership.

Dolbel, who has been a Panther since 2015, has travelled home to face Parkes in previous years and has won the premiership 3 of his 4 years, also claiming the players player trophy in his first year with the team.

Townsend joined the Lithgow team last year after a four-year absence from the competition, and like Dolbel claimed the players player trophy in his first year, along with his first premiership trophy.

Townsend and Dolbel certainly aren't expecting a warm welcome home and are prepared for a hostile crowd come Saturday, but come game time they are confident they can get the job done.

Lithgow Panthers are celebrating their 20th year in the Western Premier League. In the past 19 years they have played 17 grandfinals, claiming the trophy on 12 occasions.

The game kicks off at 1:30pm this Saturday.