World Cup beckons for duo

Kyah Gray
Kyah Gray

FOLLOWING the conclusion of the open women’s Indoor Australian Championships, which form part of the 2017 Festival of Indoor Hockey played in Wollongong throughout January 2017, the 2018 women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup squad has been announced.

The squad, which includes Shoalhaven Heads’ Kyah Gray and Ulladulla’s Kalinidi Commerford, contains an exciting mix of experienced players in addition to some very talented young players who have come through the junior ranks and development tours in recent years.

The squad includes 10 players who played in the successful 2015 Indoor World Cup campaign. It also includes Hockeyroo and Junior World Cup player Renee Taylor and Ashlea Fey, Kalindi Commerford and Tamsin Bunt who all played for the Hockeyroos in the recent series against New Zealand and India in November 2016, and all of whom have a strong indoor hockey background.

Player of the tournament and top goal scorer, 17 year-old Karri Somerville and 18 year-old Tasmanian Madeleine Murphy are just two of the highly talented young players who have made the squad and will push the more experienced players for selection in the Indoor World Cup.

“I am so excited by the quality of this squad and am really looking forward to working with the players over the next 12 months as we head into the Indoor Hockey World Cup, to be played most likely in Berlin in February 2018,” head coach Stewart Fenton said.

“Most importantly, the depth of talent in this squad is stronger than ever and ensures that there will be fierce competition for a place in the team for the World Cup.  

“The skill level, athleticism and the versatility of the players in this squad will give us the best possible opportunity for success while the quality of the younger players coming through ensures a bright future for indoor hockey in Australia.”

The squad will come together in Canberra mid-year for a three-day selection camp where the final team of 12 will be selected.

2018 women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup squad: Lauren Austin, Jessica Bestall, Tegan Boucher, Tayla Britton, Tasmin Bunt, Clare Comerford, Kalindi Commerford, Natalie Crick, Elizabeth Duguid, Samantha Economos, Lisa Farrell, Ashlea Fey, Kyah Gray, Lindsey Howard, Erin Judd, Emma McLeish, Madeleine Murphy, Trudi Pederson, Kizziah Plumb, Emma Reid, Emily Riordan, Anna Roberts, Emily Seccull, Madeleine Smith, Karri Somerville, Peta Sutherland, Emma Taylor, Renee Taylor, Shelley Watson and Elanor Woods.