TIMING: Malakai Mitchell balances work and game time.
TIMING: Malakai Mitchell balances work and game time. Darren Smith Fotoflair

Mitchell plays for more time to help Clippers

BUSINESSMAN and family man Malakai Mitchell admits it's been difficult missing the Suncoast's state league games because of other obligations but he's keen to keep chipping in when he can.

The 30-year-old is the second-most experienced campaigner at the club but last year did not travel to games because of his unique barbershops and newborn boy Kauia.

"In 2012 I had one of my better seasons but then last year, only playing home games was a bit tough," he said.

"I would have liked to play more and play a big role in the team but I couldn't.

"This year has kind of been the same.

"I've been doing as much as I can but I'm pretty busy with work commitments and the family so I'm trying to slot in where I can."

Mitchell works most weekends with his novel lifestyle stores on the Sunshine Coast and at Manly.

"It (the barbershop and outfitters at Noosaville) is a shop for guys, mainly who grew up on the Coast, who surf and like nice clothes, nice boards and like good haircuts basically," he said.

Mitchell also has a surf gear hire outlet at Noosa Heads' main beach.

But, given his experience and his ability, Mitchell's influence at the Clippers is welcome.

"I've been around a bit longer than some of the other guys so I'm happy to come in and help out and make sure everyone's on the same page and doing the little things," he said.

Mitchell has played in the sixth-placed Clippers' home games this season but, after celebrating his son's first birthday this morning, will find the time to travel with the team to take on 12th-placed Ipswich.

He also hopes to get to Toowoomba next weekend.

With four wins from six games, the Clippers are intent on making this a season to remember.

"We had a couple of years there where we should have been in the position we are in now.

"We did everything right but still didn't get the wins we needed," he said.

"(This year) we're definitely feeling confident.

"We're hoping to get good wins against Ipswich and Toowoomba and then come home and keep the winning streak going."

GAME DAY

IPSWICH v SUNCOAST

Tonight, Ipswich, 7pm.

Women at 5pm


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