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Australia Women's Indoor Squad

The Australian women’s indoor squad was selected in August 2013 for a tour to Europe in early 2014. In all, 13 athletes have been named for the tour in January as part of Australia’s preparation for the 2015 Indoor World Cup. Two more athletes will be selected following a proposed tour to Singapore in October 2013.

Indoor hockey is set to go through a transformation with the International Hockey Federation’s ratification of a move from six-a-side to five-a-side effective immediately, something that will give coach Stewart Fenton and his team plenty to think about over the coming months. 

Announcing the squad, Fenton said, “I am delighted to announce a squad of players to tour Europe in January 2014. With the recent FIH decision to reduce the number of players on the indoor field to five from six it will give our coaching staff and players the opportunity to work on structure and strategy against many of the top European nations in the lead up to their European championships. 

“It will also be a great opportunity for many of the younger players selected in the squad to experience international competition against many of the world’s best indoor players as we start our preparation towards the World Cup to be held in January 2015 in Germany. On behalf of the coaches I congratulate all of the players on their selection and look forward to a successful tour”.

The itinerary for the European tour will be announced in the coming weeks with a number of new opportunities and tournament invitations anticipated to arise as a result of the rule changes, which will be experienced by European nations preparing for the indoor European championships in Prague in January 2014. The Australian indoor team’s management and coaching team will consider such opportunities prior to confirming the itinerary.

Australia women’s indoor squad
1. Lauren AUSTIN (WA)
2. Tegan BOUCHER (VIC)
3. Emily CARROLL (WA)
4. Clare COMMERFORD (QLD)
5. Holly EVANS (SA)
6. Kyah GRAY (NSW)
7. Emma McLEISH (NSW)
8. Emily RIORDAN (VIC)
9. Stephanie RIORDAN (VIC)
10. Rebecca SNESKOV (VIC)
11. Aleisha SMITH (NSW)
12. Shellie WATSON (ACT)
13. Pam WILLIAMS (QLD)

Coaching & management team
Stewart Fenton – Coach
Karen Seaman – Team Manager and Assistant Coach
John Trueman – Assistant Coach
Alex Lupton – Assistant Coach
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Australia Men's Indoor Squad

A squad of 15 athletes was selected to the Australian men’s indoor squad in August 2013. The squad is to undertake its European tour from 7-19 January 2014. 


A blend of experience and younger developing players has been chosen to undertake a campaign involving two high quality training camps. The first camp will be held in conjunction with the Polish national team, who are ranked in the world’s top two sides, and the second will be with the Austrian national team. Both these teams will be preparing for the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championships, which the Australian team will stay on to watch as part of its development. Of particular interest will be the way in which the indoor format changes as the result of modifications to the rules governing the number of players per team, with sides now comprising five players instead of six.

The squad will leave for Europe the day after the finals of the National Indoor Championships to be held in Wollongong.

Team Manager Brent Deans said that Head Coach Anthony Potter has “taken the decision to tour with a large squad so that the players can be exposed to both the European style and the new format of five players. It is felt that the game will be played at a higher tempo, with players needing to be able to play in a number of positions.”

This tour is a key milestone in the squad’s preparation for the 2015 FIH Indoor World Cup to be held in Germany.

Australian Men's Indoor Hockey Squad for 2014 European Tour
(Alphabetical by surname)

Garry Backhus (ACT)
Malcolm Beer (ACT) 
Nigel Croke (NSW)
Chris Hotchkis (ACT)
Matthew Hotchkis (ACT)
Paul MacKinnon (ACT)
Adam McLelland (QLD)
Heath Ogilvie (NSW)
Kurt Ogilvie (NSW)
David Orr (WA)
Darren Parkes (WA)
Ben Poulton (NSW) 
Ben Rennie (WA)
David Spence (NSW)
Andrew Tomadini (ACT)
 
Coaching & management team
Anthony Potter - Head Coach / Trainer
John Hooper - Assistant Coach / Trainer  
Brent Deans – Manager / Asst. Trainer

World Cup Rankings

Australian men’s and women’s teams completed highly successful tours to Europe in January beating the likes of Poland, Austria, Netherlands and France. Australia has received it's first world ranking of 9th in both the men’s and women’s sections; overall they're the highest ranked country from Oceania. 

To read more on the announcement of the Indoor World Rankings click here.