Squibb nets dream na­tional call-up

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Grow­ing up on her fam­ily farm near the small town of Tam­bellup, nes­tled in the heart of the Great South­ern’s agri­cul­tural re­gion, has been the per­fect ground­ing for Penny Squibb as she pre­pares to make her Hockeyroos de­but in just over a week.

In a sport­ing-mad fam­ily, Squibb was al­ways im­plored to en­joy play­ing and play as much as she can by her par­ents and sib­lings — two im­por­tant mes­sages that have helped her per­sist for years on the fringe of the na­tional women’s side be­fore fi­nally break­ing through last week.

A mem­ber of the na­tional de­vel­op­ment squad, Squibb has spent six sea­sons play­ing with the WA Di­a­monds in the Aus­tralian Hockey League and was re­warded for her ul­tra-con­sis­tent form with se­lec­tion in the Hockeyroos squad for this month’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in China.

Squibb, the sole WA mem­ber in the squad, said the re­al­i­sa­tion she was go­ing to achieve a life­long dream of play­ing for the Hockeyroos was still sink­ing in.

“It was a re­ally ex­cit­ing mo­ment — I was sit­ting there at work when I read the email and it just didn’t sink in,” Squibb said. “It didn’t start sink­ing in un­til I trained with the team on the week­end.

“I’ve been in and around the group for a while now but to get to Hockeyroos level has al­ways been a goal and dream of mine since I was a lit­tle kid.

“I wanted to make it, prove I could do it and prove I was good enough. Hope­fully, I can prove I can hold my own against the world’s best.”

The tal­ented de­fender made her AHL de­but in 2012 and said she owed her fam­ily plenty for help­ing her get to where she is.

“They have seen me in the highs and lows,” she said. “Mum was more ex­cited than I was and my brother texted me, say­ing now the hard work starts. Grow­ing up, Mum and Dad al­ways told us to play as much sport as we could, didn’t mat­ter if it was men’s or women’s comps, and just en­joy it.”

The 25-year-old will fin­ish her sec­ond uni­ver­sity de­gree to­mor­row, to be­come a teacher, and will be in full train­ing ahead of the tour­na­ment start­ing on Novem­ber 17.

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Penny Squibb, who grew up in Tam­bellup, has been se­lected in the Hockeyroos squad for this month’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in China.

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