Men's and Women's National Hockey Teams Announced
Men's and Women's National Hockey Teams Announced
Hockey Australia has yesterday announced the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras squads for 2017 and we can not wait to kit them out! We have been creating high performance highly customised apparel for these legends and we are pumped to see these Names with their Numbers with the ONTHEGO brand.
See what Hockey Australia had to say in their media releases for both squads yesterday.
Hockeyroos 2017 Squad named
23 Athletes Selected
Thursday, 22 December (Perth, Australia) – Hockey Australia has today announced the 23 player Australian women’s national hockey squad for 2017, which has been selected with the primary purpose of achieving success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Of the 23 chosen, twelve of the athletes played at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games including dual Olympian Emily Smith and goalkeeper Rachael Lynch; with Jordyn Holzberger, Kaitlin Nobbs, Madi Ratcliffe and Jocelyn Bartram moving up to the national senior squad from the national development squad.
Kaitlin Nobbs’ elevation to the senior squad comes after an outstanding performance at the recent Junior World Cup in Santiago, where Australia came away with the bronze medal; while Jordyn Holzberger impressed at the trans-Tasman Trophy and International Festival of Hockey.
Jocelyn Bartram has shown her ability throughout 2016 and joins the senior squad after a consistent year training with the national development squad in Perth while Madi Radcliffe had a successful two-year build up to the 2016 Junior World Cup which she was selected for, before missing out due to injury.
The new look squad has been created following on from the Hockeyroos’ sixth place finish in Rio as incoming head coach Paul Gaudoin and High Performance Director Toni Cumpston look to rebuild the squad heading towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Paul Gaudoin said: “The 2017 squad has been chosen as we look to develop the team that we believe will give us the best possible chance of success in Tokyo 2020.
“With some of our senior Hockeyroos taking time away from the sport, it has given us the chance to call some of our development team up to the national squad and give them the opportunity to further their development as a part of the centralised training program in Perth and perform within the squad.
“It’s an exciting time for the squad, as it always is at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, and we’ll be looking at doing things a little differently so that we become a more flexible, versatile and unpredictable team.”
Noticeably absent from the squad are veterans Casey Sablowski and Jodie Kenny who announced post-Rio that they would be having a break from the sport, along with Anna Flanagan who announced in November that she would take some time away from hockey. Hockey Australia will continue to support these athletes during their time away from the sport.
The Hockeyroos will gather for their first training session as a new squad at the Perth Hockey Stadium in March where they will work towards the Hawkes Bay Cup, a tour in the USA, the World League semi-final in Brussels, the Oceania Cup in October and the World League final in Auckland, New Zealand in November should they qualify.
The Hockeyroos’ full coaching team will be announced in the new year once interviews have taken place for the assistant coach position.
2017 Women’s Hockey Squad
Name (Hometown, State)
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC)
Jocelyn Bartram (Albury, NSW)
Edwina Bone (Orange, NSW) *plays for ACT
Jane-Anne Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW) *plays for QLD
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD)
Stephanie Kershaw (Townsville, QLD)
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW)
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, NSW) *plays for SA
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Madi Ratcliffe (Warrnambool, VIC)
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW)
Renee Taylor (Everton Park, QLD)
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
Hockeyroos 2017 Squad selected
Thursday, 22 December (Perth, Australia) – Hockey Australia has today announced the 23-player men’s hockey squad that will form the core group of athletes as the Kookaburras look ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Of the 23, nine are returning squad members who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games team, including Kookaburras veterans captain and four-time Olympian Mark Knowles, triple Olympian Eddie Ockenden and dual Olympian Matthew Swann.
The new look squad has been formed following on from the Kookaburras’ sixth place finish in Rio as newly appointed head coach Colin Batch and High Performance Director Toni Cumpston look to rebuild the squad heading towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The recent tours in New Zealand for the trans-Tasman Trophy, and at the International Festival of Hockey in Victoria also gave up-and-coming players the opportunity to prove their abilities, with three athletes - Aaron Kleinschmidt (age 26), Casey Hammond (22) and Ben Craig (23) - selected to the national squad based on their performances at these events.
Included in the 2017 squad for the first time, Craig from Lane Cove in New South Wales, will join younger brother Tom (21) who himself debuted for the Kookaburras in 2014.
Along with Hammond, two other athletes have been elevated to the senior national squad from the national development squad; Tasmanian Jeremy Edwards who has proven himself throughout the course of 2016 as he trained with the senior squad, and Kiran Arunasalam (21) of Victoria, who showed his ability at the recent Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India.
Kookaburras head coach Colin Batch said: “We’ve taken a long-term view with this selection, and it’s based upon building the team through the next four-year cycle so that we are successful at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I want to stress that we know it’s a hard line that has been taken with the 2017 squad selection, and some of the athletes who have missed out still have potential and may get called upon in the short term.
“However, we have gone with a squad who we think are talented individuals, and who will benefit from the development opportunities they can be given in the training environment with the national squad as we look to triumph in Tokyo.”
The squad will reconvene in Perth in March to begin training at the Perth Hockey Stadium where their schedule will include preparations for the International Hockey Open in Darwin in March, the World League semi-final in Johannesburg in July, the Oceania Cup in October, and the World League final in India in December subject to qualification.
Further athletes may be nominated to the men’s national squad in the new year once the team has begun training in Perth.
The Kookaburras’ full coaching team will be announced in the new year once interviews have taken place for the assistant coach position.
2017 Men’s Hockey Squad
Name (Hometown, State)
Kiran Arunasalam (Doncaster East, VIC)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Joshua Beltz (Hobart, TAS)
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT)
Tom Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Vale, NSW)
Jeremy Edwards (Hobart, TAS)
Blake Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC)
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Edward Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC)
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD)
Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW) *plays for QLD
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)
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