Karri a big stick
TWO players from the Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club are the only players from WA to have been selected for the 2020 Hockeyroos squad.
Karri Somerville (20) has received her first senior callup for the Hockeyroos.
The Kensington youngster made her Australian hockey debut with The Jillaroos at the 2016 Junior World Cup, where Australia claimed bronze.
A torn ACL followed by a meniscus tear after her return kept her off the field for much of the year between 2018 and mid-2019.
The squad, selected by head coach Paul Gaudoin, was based on a range of factors underpinned by having personnel who will provide the Hockeyroos with the best chance of success in what is a huge year, beginning with the FIH Pro League in late January and leading into Tokyo 2020 in late July.
Somerville’s rise comes off the back of an impressive Hockey One season, with her performances doing more than enough to capture the eyes of the national selectors.
“Karri had an excellent Hockey One season,” Gaudion said. “She played at half back and was very dynamic getting up and back down the pitch.
“She’s a tall, mobile defender who is pretty quick off the mark and having someone with a bit of speed in our defensive group is going to be handy. She’s also got a developing drag flick and it’s pleasing to see that you can go from being a youthful player to a more experienced player and have the opportunity to come into the squad.”
Rivervale midfielder Georgia Wilson has also been named as part of the 27member 2020 Hockeyroos squad.
A member of the Hockeyroos since 2017, Wilson has been selected for a third year as she eyes a maiden Olympic Games. After spending much of 2018 on the sidelines as she recovered from a torn ACL, she returned to competition in the FIH Pro League last year.
Georgia Wilson has been selected in the 2020 Hockeyroos squad.