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    National Junior Squads Announced

    National Junior Squads Announced

    Author: Mitch Wynd

    The pathway to uncovering the next crop of Hockeyroos and Kookaburras stars is a step closer after the announcement of the Hockey Australia Men’s and Women’s National Junior Squads for 2019.

    Women’s Head Coach Tim White and Men’s Head Coach Ben Bishop each named a 27-player squad. Where the selection process was largely based on performances at the recent National U21 Championships.

    White and Bishop are both excited to be able to announce their National Junior Squads and are buoyed by the potential.

    Notably in the women’s squad, two sets of siblings have been selected, with Queenslanders Casey and Dayle Dolkens joining sisters Aisling and Ciara Utri from Victoria.

    “The squad, which was selected after an exhaustive process at the recent Under 21 Nationals, forms a major part of Australia's high performance pathway,” said White.

    “The purpose of the National Junior Program is to identify and broaden the talent base in Australia. It also serves to transition athletes into other squads, namely Development and Senior Squads.

    “I'm looking forward to playing a part in the development of these young athletes, together with the NTC coaches in each of the players’ home States.”

    The men’s squad comprises seven players from the New South Wales team that were crowned National U21 Champions.

    “The National Junior Squads are a very important part of our development pathway in ensuring the sustained international success of our senior teams,” said Bishop.

    “The level at this year’s U21 Championships was pleasing to see and the competition for spots in this squad was strong.

    “I look forward to getting the group together through competition and targeted training activities over the next 12 months, and along with our NTC network of coaches, playing a part in shaping the development of these young men.”

    White and Bishop also commended the contribution by coaches and support staff from the National Institute Network and respective State Associations who have played a significant part in identifying and developing the players who were selected.

    The 2019/2020 National Junior Program is set to comprise training camps, a combined NTC competition as well as international matches.

    Hockey Australia 2019 Women's National Junior Squad

    NAME STATE
    Alice ARNOTT
    NSW
    Hannah ASTBURY
    QLD
    Morgan BLAMEY
    NSW
    Isabella COLASURDO
    VIC
    Emma DE BROUGHE SA
    Casey DOLKENS QLD
    Dayle DOLKENS QLD
    Abigail DOOLAN NSW
    Kendra FITZPATRICK QLD
    Talei FORREST ACT
    Sara FOSTER WA
    Annie GIBBS WA
    Rachel GUY VIC
    Amy HAMMOND SA
    Ruby HARRIS QLD
    Carly JAMES VIC
    Grace JEFFREY NSW
    Morgan MATHISON QLD
    Pippa MORGAN WA
    Eve REITH-SNARE NSW
    Renee ROCKLIFF WA
    Courtney SCHONELL NSW
    Jolie SERTORIO WA
    Hattie SHAND SA
    Maddi SMITH NSW
    Aisling UTRI VIC
    Ciara UTRI VIC

    Hockey Australia 2019 Men's National Junior Squad

    Name State
    Cade BANDITT QLD
    Jonathon BRETHERTON VIC
    Luca BROWN QLD
    Lachlan BUSIKO SA
    Lain CARR NSW
    James COLLINS WA
    Patrick COATES VIC
    Harrison FARRELL QLD
    Michael FRANCIS QLD
    Brinley GALLAGHER NSW
    Dane GAVRANICH WA
    Gobin GILL TAS
    Fred GRAY SA
    Sam GRAY NSW
    Anand GUPTE ACT
    Tom HARVIE WA
    Ehren HAZELL NSW
    Brayden KING WA
    Aaron KNIGHT ACT
    Dylan MARTIN NSW
    Daniel McBRIDE VIC
    Sam McCULLOCH TAS
    Robert McLENNAN NSW
    Alistair MURRAY WA
    Daine RICHARDS NSW
    Christian STARKIE WA
    Ben WHITE VIC