Kate in test squad

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Baseball -

SOUTH Perth’s Kate Den­ning has been named in the Hock­ey­roos’ 27-ath­lete train­ing squad in prepa­ra­tion for Novem­ber’s Cham­pi­ons Trophy in Ar­gentina, and a warm-up Test se­ries against New Zealand in Wellington.

Head Coach Adam Com­mens said the se­lec­tion demon­strated a de­sire to of­fer more op­por­tu­nity for a broader group of ath­letes to ex­pe­ri­ence top-level in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, with a view to­wards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond.

Com­mens and the se­lec­tion panel have also taken the chance to pro­vide sev­eral se­nior ath­letes with a well-earned rest pe­riod fol­low­ing an in­ten­sive cou­ple of years.

From the 27-ath­lete group, a squad of 18 will be se­lected in the first week of Novem­ber to take part in a three-Test se­ries against the New Zealand Black Sticks women in Wellington be­fore head­ing to the Cham­pi­ons Trophy in Men­doza, Ar­gentina.

In to­tal, nine of the squad are un­capped at se­nior in­ter­na­tional level, while a fur­ther four have only a hand­ful of caps be­tween them.

Of those new faces, Kathryn Slat­tery, of Stir­ling has been part of the women’s de­vel­op­ment squad this year, while Penny Squibb, of Tam­bellup and Katy Sy­mons, of At­tadale, have all been mem­bers of the Na­tional Ju­nior Squad in re­cent times, and all were in­volved in Aus­tralia’s 11-match de­vel­op­ment tour to China and Ja­pan in Au­gust. Hock­ey­roos’ Up­com­ing Fix­tures ■ Novem­ber 15 – Test v New Zealand – Wellington, New Zealand – 1pm AEDT

■ Novem­ber 16 – Test v New Zealand – Wellington, New Zealand – 1pm AEDT

■ Novem­ber 18 – Test v New Zealand – Wellington, New Zealand – 5pm AEDT

■ Novem­ber 29 – Cham­pi­ons Trophy v Eng­land – Men­doza, Ar­gentina – 6:30am AEDT

■ Novem­ber 30 – Cham­pi­ons Trophy v Ar­gentina – Men­doza, Ar­gentina – 9am AEDT

■ De­cem­ber 2 – Cham­pi­ons Trophy v Ger­many – Men­doza, Ar­gentina - 3am AEDT

■ De­cem­ber 4 – Cham­pi­ons Trophy quar­ter fi­nals – Men­doza, Ar­gentina

■ De­cem­ber 6 – Cham­pi­ons Trophy semi­fi­nal/play­offs – Men­doza, Ar­gentina

■ De­cem­ber 7 – Cham­pi­ons Trophy medal matches/play­offs – Men­doza, Ar­gentina

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