Squibb earns se­lec­tion for Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Cameron New­bold

Tam­bellup’s Penny Squibb has been re­warded for her form in the Aus­tralian Hockey League af­ter be­ing named last week in the 18-mem­ber Hockeyroos team for the up­com­ing FIH Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

A pre­vi­ous mem­ber of the na­tional de­vel­op­ment squad, Squibb has starred for the WA Di­a­monds in the past two years and is the sole WA player named in the team that will com­pete from Novem­ber 17-25.

The Tam­bellup-raised de­fender scored five goals in the re­cent AHL and will pro­vide the Hockeyroos with much need op­tions in their penalty cor­ners.

The 25-year-old will make her de­but at the tour­na­ment and Hockeyroos coach Paul Gau­doin said her form had war­ranted na­tional se­lec­tion.

“Penny has been in our de­vel­op­ment squad for a cou­ple of years,” Gau­doin said.

“She’s been in our train­ing en­vi­ron­ment a cou­ple of times on a VAA (vis­it­ing ath­lete agree­ment) schol­ar­ship.

“She’s per­formed very well in the AHL and we be­lieve she de­serves an op­por­tu­nity to show what she can do at the next level.”

The tour­na­ment will be in Changzhou, China with the No.3-ranked Hockeyroos tak­ing on Ar­gentina, Great Bri­tain, Nether­lands, China and Ja­pan.

The team an­nounce­ment was not good news, how­ever, for fel­low WA player and South Stir­ling’s Kathryn Slattery, who was again over­looked.

Slattery missed out on se­lec­tion for the Com­mon­wealth Games but fought her way back into the team for the World Cup in July.

The striker has not been favoured by Gau­doin for the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy de­spite be­ing the Hockeyroos lead­ing goal scorer in 2017.

Pic­ture: Click InFo­cus

Penny Squibb in ac­tion for WA dur­ing the Aus­tralian Hockey League.

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