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Hockey Australia Country Teams

Since the inception of annual Australian Country Championships, representative ‘teams’ have been named at the conclusion of the event and in the ‘early years’ completed a tour on a biennial basis. Since 2003 the process has become more formalised with men’s and women’s teams being formally selected, announced and scheduled for a representative tour.

Initially, these teams competed in the biennial Arafura Games and, in the intervening year, toured internationally - New Zealand (2004) and Fiji (2006). Following the 2007 Arafura Games, Hockey Australia determined that an international tour would replace the Arafura Games, providing country hockey players with the opportunity to tour internationally each year.

Self-funded (assisted by whatever sponsorship we are able to attract) these tours provide Country players with a unique opportunity to represent Australian Country Hockey internationally. Positions within the teams are eagerly sought after and valued by those who earn them. As national Country representatives the players and teams staff attract acknowledgment from their peers and domestic associations who share in their achievements. In addition to players, the country teams also provide a unique opportunity to coaches, managers, medical staff, statisticians and umpires.

In 2008 the Australian teams toured Singapore, competing successfully against the Singapore men’s and women’s national teams. Later in 2008, Australian Country teams fulfilled Hockey Australia’s obligation to Oceania Hockey by representing Australia at the inaugural Pacific Cup in Fiji. Following that initial involvement in Oceania and in keeping with plans to provide a pathway for country players, Under 21 teams have been selected to fulfil that commitment. At the Australian Country Championships there are now four country teams selected Senior and U21 for both men and women.

With the introduction of the World League competition, the Oceania Pacific Cup has become a Round 1 biennial event (Australian and New Zealand progress automatically to Round 2) at which the country U21 teams compete and in the ‘off year’ compete in an international event scheduled in Fiji thus maintaining the development role in the region.

Since 2008 the senior country teams have toured internationally to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand competing in a variety of events and games against various national teams. In 2017 it is planned that the teams will introduce Vietnam into their schedule.

Nominations for these teams are called for prior to the Championships and a rigorous and transparent selection process is undertaken during the Championships to ensure quality representative teams are selected. The teams are announced as part of the presentation ceremony at the conclusion of the Championships.

Squads are nominated and selected from the Country Australian Championships each year. The 2016/17 squads were selected at the 2016 Australian Country Championships in Darwin in July 2016 with the squads will be announced at the Medal Presentation Ceremony on Sunday 31 July 2016. Congratulations to all those selected.

Australian Country Squads 2016 / 2017

2016 / 17 Country Under 21 Men

Name Hometown State/Territory
Captain Jayden Gulson Moama VIC
Vice Captain Jay Pavitt Flinders View QLD
Alec Hutchins Moonta Bay SA
Christian Ramsay Elimbah QLD
Edward Jackson St. Arnaud VIC
Fraser Cullen Wodonga VIC
Jacob Dearing Mount Hotton NSW
Joshua McRae Clear Island Waters QLD
Joshua Thomas Flynn ADF
Matthew Magann Ashtonfield NSW
Max Ferrier Warrnambool VIC
Michael Dillon Springside NSW
Nicholas McCaughan Kardiny WA
Nick Corner Narrogin WA
Hugh Cameron Clarenza NSW
Riley Hanrahan Bathurst NSW
Shaun Wheatland Geraldton WA
W Zach Lahn Bendigo VIC
Coach Jai Singhota NSW
Assistant Coach Nathan Hooper QLD
Manager Brian Wild VIC
Medical Shiblee Dowla NSW
Video t.b.a.
Umpire Jai Brown

2016 / 17 Country Under 21 Women

Name

Hometown

State/Territory

Captain

Sarah Watterson

The Lagoon

NSW

Vice Captain

Mikayla Blackshaw

Hillside

VIC

Ainsley Clanchy

Glenvale

QLD

Alissia Pearson

Riverside

TAS

Brooke Carew-Reid

Dumpleyung

WA

Chelsea Hird

Long Gully

VIC

Emily Hetherington

Murwillumbah

QLD

Emma Fleay

Carlisle

WA

Haylee Brodin

Brinsmead

QLD

Jessica Switzer

Morningside

QLD

Keeleigh McCauley

Kiama Downs

NSW

Kelly Baker

Kelso

NSW

Leigh Thomas

Cooparoo

QLD

Lucy Balfour

Narangba

QLD

Madison Boyce

Kelso

NSW

Mikala Cooper

Geraldton

WA

Natarlia Smith

Heatley

QLD

Shayla Barba

Woodroffe

NT

Coach

Wayne Gaynor

NSW

Assistant Coach

Jodie Paine

QLD

Manager

Gina Smith

VIC

Medical

Jacqueline Farrar

NSW

Video

Umpire


2016 / 17 Country Senior Men

Name Hometown State/Territory
Captain Christopher Mantell Deebing Heights QLD
Vice Captain Jared Klease Maroochydore QLD
Bradley Staphorst Narrogin WA
Cale Rout Warrnambool VIC
David Reid Lithgow NSW
Ewan Wallin Stuart Park NT
Grant Dilger Pimlico QLD
Jack Chadwick Brwon Hill VIC
Jed Schofield Avoca NSW
Jeremy Stephens Robina QLD
Joseph Huston Townsvillw ADF
Justin Alford Bellingen NSW
Nathan Stephens Gympie QLD
Nicholas Hill Winnellie ADF
Peter Sceresini Tolga QLD
Phillip Dumpleton Tweed heads ADF
Will Jackson St. Arnaud VIC
Steele Pearce QLD
Coach Robert Laffin NSW
Assistant Coach Jaden Eckert NSW
Manager Lyndon Stoll SA
Medical Samson Leung NT
Video Andrew Quinn VIC
Umpire Adrian Cross QLD

2016 / 17 Country Senior Women

Name

Hometown

State/Territory

Captain

Holli Wheeler

Toorak

NSW

Vice Captain

Samantha Daly

Albury

VIC

Amanda Ross

Toowoomba

QLD

Amy Smith

Chermside

ADF

April Kimber

Hilton

WA

Bree Johnston

Woodroffe

NT

Caitlin Rosser

North wollongong

NSW

Carolyn Margetts

Russell Vale

NSW

Chrissee Benn

Cairns

QLD

Ellen Seaniger

Brisbane

ADF

Emma Walter

Ormeau

QLD

Hannah Burrell

Kurnell

NSW

Jessie Johnson

Geelong

VIC

Katie-Jayne Kelly

Lithgow

NSW

Kimberley McLean

Tamworth

NSW

Samantha Campbell

North Albury

VIC

Tenille Harrington

Kulin

WA

Tracey Johnson

Bendigo

VIC

Coach

Brett Stokes

SA

Assistant Coach

Sara Rogers

QLD

Manager

Leanne Andaloro

NSW

Medical

Erin Robson

VIC

Video

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Umpire


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