Photo credit: Andrew Spence / Sydney Indoor Hockey Association
The Australian men’s and women’s indoor squads set to compete at the 2015 FIH Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, early next year have been announced.
The men’s and women’s indoor tournaments will be hosted by indoor enthusiasts and world ranked number one Germany from 4-9 February 2015. Returning to Leipzig, which hosted the first Indoor World Cup in 2003, the tournament is set to be a show-stopper in 2015.
Australia, placed in Pool A for both the men’s and women’s tournaments, will take on some of the world’s best indoor teams throughout the six days of competition.
The Australian women’s Indoor World Cup team has been selected from the recent Under 21 and Open Championships in Canberra, ACT.
Comprising a squad of 12, alongside six shadows, the women’s squad will be coached under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Stewart Fenton and Assistant Coaches John Trueman, Karen Seaman and Alex Lupton.
Women’s Pool A will showcase 2003 and 2011 Indoor World Cup Champions Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Canada and newcomers Belgium, alongside Australia in the green and gold.
Welcoming Belgium to the tournament for the first time, the Australian women will go face-to-face with the rapidly improving Belgians on day three of the tournament.
Anthony Potter, Head Coach of the Australian men’s Indoor World Cup squad, has selected a team with a good mix of experience and youth to contest the fourth Indoor Hockey World Cup.
Australia’s men’s squad has competed in all Indoor Hockey World Cup tournaments to date and are currently ranked ninth in the World.
Potter commented on his selected squad, “I’m confident that this group of players will make an impact at the World Cup, and a top six finish will be a key focus.
“The standard of the play at the Australian Championships was very high and I was pleasantly surprised to see the number of younger players participating. The selection of the final team was very difficult however, one notable point is that four of the 12 players selected currently play in Europe, showing the quality of players that we have.”
Featuring in Potter’s squad is recent Kookaburras debutant Flynn Ogilvie. Ogilvie from New South Wales will play in his first Indoor World Cup alongside his two brothers, Heath - who is set to play his third Indoor World Cup tournament - and Kurt.
Victorian Thomas Sinclair made a valuable impression on selectors after showcasing good quality hockey and finishing the Australian Championships as leading goal scorer.
On selection, Sinclair said, “It will be a very exciting experience to play against some of the best hockey nations in the world at the 2015 Indoor World Cup next year.”
The Australian men will face hosts Germany, who have dominated past tournaments having claimed the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Indoor World Cup titles. Austria, Czech Republic, Iran and Sweden will make up the remainder of Pool A.
The team has been involved in a three day camp in Canberra following the National Championships. The Australian men’s squad will begin their World Cup preparation in Antwerp mid-January next year.
For more information of the 2015 FIH Indoor World Cup, visit the official Indoor World Cup website (note: in German).
2015 Indoor World Cup
Australian Men’s Team & Shadows
Gary Backhus (ACT)
Simon Beaton (NSW)
Malcolm Beer (ACT)
Nigel Croke (NSW)
Matthew Hotchkis (ACT)
Paul MacKinnon (ACT)
Flynn Ogilvie (NSW)
Heath Ogilvie (NSW)
Kurt Ogilvie (NSW)
Seyi Onitiri (ACT)
Ben Rennie (WA)
Thomas Sinclair (VIC)
Matthew Argent (QLD)
David Orr (WA)
Darren Parkes (WA)
Blake Sandford (NSW)
Adam Seccull (VIC)
Head Coach – Anthony Potter
Manager/Asst Coach – Brent Deans
Asst Coach/Video Technician – Steve Willer
Physio – Leigh Iacovangelo
2015 Indoor World Cup
Australian Women’s Team & Shadows
Tegan Boucher (VIC)
Kary Chau (VIC)
Clare Commerford (QLD)
Holly Evans (SA)
Ash Fey (QLD)
Kyah Gray (NSW)
Emily Riordan (TAS)
Emma McLeish (NSW)
Kizzia Plumb (ACT)
Makaela Potts (NSW)
Aleisha Smith (NSW)
Shelley Watson (ACT)
Lauren Austen (WA)
Lisa Farrell (NSW)
Emily Seccull (VIC)
Rebecca Sneskov (ACT)
Peter Sutherland (ACT)
Head Coach – Stewart Fenton
Manager/Asst Coach – Karen Seaman
Asst Coach – Alex Lupton
Asst Coach/Video Technician – John Trueman
Physio – Emily Boulton-Smith
Sportslink International Indoor World Cup travel packages
Sportslink International have put together travel packages for the 2015 Indoor World Cup for family, friends and supporters who are looking to travel over to Germany to support the teams. They have a hold on rooms at two different hotels as well as a block of tickets that they can confirm after the teams are announced later in the year.
For more information on Sportslink International travel packages, Please contact Paul Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Indoor World Cup Booking Form
2015 Indoor World Cup Tour Packages