New ‘Roo Ge­or­gia over­comes ad­ver­sity

The West Australian - - SPORT - Brid­get Lacy

WA has its new­est Hock­ey­roo in the form of Ge­or­gia Wil­son, from Ma­hogany Creek in the Perth Hills.

The 20-year-old is one of four new faces in the na­tional women’s squad just months af­ter a 15cm ham­string tear stopped her from com­pet­ing at the Ju­nior World Cup in Chile.

Wil­son thought her chances of be­ing pro­moted to se­nior ranks had been dashed af­ter the in­jury.

But the de­fen­sive mid­fielder did enough at a camp in Can­berra last week to earn a schol­ar­ship along­side Vic­to­rian Kristina Bates and Queens­lan­ders Jac­qui Day and Ash­lea Fey.

“I am very re­lieved, one happy girl,” Wil­son said.

“It (do­ing the ham­string) was heart­break­ing, know­ing that I’d worked so hard in the lead-up to the world cup and it just er­rat­i­cally go­ing af­ter no prior prob­lems.

“It was my first soft-tis­sue in­jury. I was train­ing with the na­tional pro­gram and it went in the last five min­utes. I knew there and then it was re­ally bad.

“I was out for 31⁄ months. I thought I’d missed out but then I heard there were four more schol­ar­ships up for grabs at camp and so I worked re­ally hard.”

Wil­son will not be part of the 18 who are off to New Zealand next month for the Hawkes Bay Cup, but is hope­ful of mak­ing her de­but later in the year.

She is eye­ing next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as ma­jor goals.

Striker Kathryn Slat­tery is the only other West Aus­tralian in the Hock­ey­roos’ 2017 squad, but she will be rested from Hawkes Bay as new coach Paul Gau­doin gets a han­dle on the 27-strong squad.

“This first year is quite an ex­ploratory type of year,” Gau­doin said. “We don’t know who the best group is yet.”

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