Karri a big stick

Canning Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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