Hockey Australia has announced the Hockeyroos squad for this month’s Oceania Cup continental championships in New Zealand.
The squad was selected following the conclusion of the Australian Hockey League (AHL) events in Sydney and Darwin on Friday.
Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens and selectors have named a squad brimming with technical ability, including the three young athletes that made their senior international debuts against Korea in Perth last month.
Queenslanders Madison Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Kershaw, and Victorian Laura Barden all debuted in the September series and featured in Friday’s women’s AHL grand final between Queensland Scorchers and Victorian Vipers.
The Hockeyroos squad comprises 14 of those that earned Australia’s women Olympic qualification with a third place finish at the World League Semi-Final tournament in Antwerp. The youthful group includes seven players under the age of 22.
One of the more experienced members of the group, defender Jodie Kenny is in line to make her 150th appearance in the final game of the Hockeyroos’ tournament.
“We feel this is our strongest team at the moment on form. Those players we’ve selected have performed well at the AHL and in the Korean series and national camp previously,” said Adam Commens, Hockeyroos coach.
“The Oceania Cup is a really important tournament for us. It’s a continuation of our preparation for next year’s Olympic Games and there are vital world ranking points at stake.
“We will field a young midfield with Brooke Peris, Jane Claxton and Mariah Williams all naturally quick athletes with the pace to combat New Zealand’s speed.
“Madonna Blyth, Karri McMahon and Eddie Bone will play in more defensive midfield roles in what we see as a strong combination.”
The Hockeyroos will face New Zealand’s Black Sticks in their opening encounter before taking on Samoa and Fiji. All pool matches will be live streamed by Hockey New Zealand.
Hockeyroos Squad for Oceania Cup
21-25 October 2015
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC)
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD)
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW)*
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD)
Stephanie Kershaw (Townsville, QLD)
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW)
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
*Madison Fitzpatrick is a scholarship holder at the Queensland Academy of Sport.
Hockeyroos’ Oceania Cup Fixtures
21 October: Hockeyroos v New Zealand (15:30 AEDT)
22 October: Hockeyroos v Samoa (11:30 AEDT)
24 October: Hockeyroos v Fiji (06:00 AEDT)
25 October: Medal Matches – Gold Medal (11:45 AEDT) / Bronze Medal (07:15 AEDT)