Ge­or­gia de­lighted at Ocea­nia Cup se­lec­tion

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Sport -

RIVER­VALE’S own Hock­ey­roo Ge­or­gia Wil­son is set to take to the world stage for the Ocea­nia Cup.

With fel­low West Aus­tralian Kathryn Slat­tery, she will be tak­ing on New Zealand and Pa­pua New Guinea in Syd­ney next month.

“I’ve very ex­cited, af­ter de­but­ing at World League and now be­ing se­lected again,” Wil­son said.

The 21-year-old re­flected on her game in July against Hol­land.

“They’re the num­ber one team in the world. We lost to them, but you see these peo­ple on TV and at the Olympics, and they epit­o­mise the sport, so to be able to play against them is very ex­cit­ing,” she said.

“It’s a bit blurry still. I haven’t re­ally pro­cessed the quick tran­si­tion to WAIS, and then be­ing se­lected in the team. That’ll take some time. Maybe I’ll di­gest it dur­ing the hol­i­days.”

The fourth year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence stu­dent at UWA has also just been awarded the Rechelle Hawkes Youth Player of the Year at Hockey WA’s An­nual Din­ner, and named in the WA Di­a­monds team for the 2017 Aus­tralian Hockey League (AHL) tour­na­ment be­ing played in Perth this month.

The AHL fea­tures top­class ath­letes from the Kook­abur­ras and the Hock­ey­roos, teams from In­dia and New Zealand, and each state and ter­ri­tory’s finest play­ers.

“I play con­sis­tently with the same ap­proach to each game, whether it’s a club game, a state game or an in­ter­na­tional game, but now that I’m one of the three Hock­ey­roos in the Di­a­monds team there’s an ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity on me and I’m will­ing to take that on and be a se­nior mem­ber of the team,” she said.

“I’m ex­cited about the style our team has. Al­though on pa­per we’re a young team in terms of age, I don’t think we are lack­ing any­thing.”

River­vale’s Ge­or­gia Wil­son (in black) has been named on the WA Di­a­monds hockey team.

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