Kate in test squad
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