Thirty-eight athletes have been invited to be part of Hockey Australia’s women’s high performance camp in Perth later this month as national head coach Adam Commens brings Australian hockey’s brightest talent together ahead of a busy end to the year.
The camp will provide an excellent opportunity for the athletes to train together in the national squad’s home environment and will play an important role in the ongoing drive to increase the strength in depth of Australian women’s hockey.
With Asian Games champions Korea, ranked ninth in the world, providing high quality opposition in a series of practice games for two Australian training squads - A and B - the athletes will also be exposed to quality international competition as part of the camp.
Following the conclusion of the camp, a Hockeyroos team will be selected to face Korea in three matches in early September.
Making up the 38 invited athletes are the 21 available members of the national senior squad, the 15 available members of the national development squad and two members of the national junior squad. Those two, Kaitlin Nobbs and Grace Stewart (both NSW), have been invited on the back of strong performances at the U21 Australian Championships in Hobart last month.
Two-time Olympian Casey Sablowski (née Eastham) will miss the camp while recovering from knee surgery, as will World Cup winner Kellie White, who continues her long-term rehabilitation, also from knee surgery. National Development Squad goalkeeper Elizabeth Duguid is also unavailable; she will be competing in the national weightlifting championships.
With the Australian Hockey League taking place in late September and the Hockeyroos set to compete at the Oceania Cup in October and World League Finals in December it is a busy end to 2015 before attentions turn to the selection of the Olympic training squad.
Details of the matches against Korea will be released in the coming weeks.
Athletes invited to women’s national camp
Athlete (Hometown, State) [national squad]
Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD) [development]
Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD) [senior]
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC) [development]
Jocelyn Bartram (Albury, NSW) [development]
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) [senior]
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) [senior]
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) [development]
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) [senior]
Jacqui Day (Mountain Creek, QLD) [development]
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) [senior]
Madison Fitzpatrick^ (Cabarita Beach, NSW) [development]
Savannah Fitzpatrick^ (Cabarita Beach, NSW) [development]
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) [senior]
Kyra Flynn (Hillarys, WA) [development]
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW) [development]
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD) [development]
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) [senior]
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) [senior]
Stephanie Kershaw (Townsville, QLD) [development]
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC) [senior]
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) [senior]
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) [senior]
Gabrielle Nance* (Kingscliff, NSW) [senior]
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC) [senior]
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) [senior]
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW) [junior]
Hayley Padget (Hurstbridge, VIC) [development]
Georgie Parker (Berri, SA) [senior]
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) [senior]
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) [senior]
Audrey Smith (Wynnum, QLD) [development]
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) [senior]
Amelia Spence (Hobart, TAS) [senior]
Penny Squibb (Tambellup, WA) [development]
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW) [junior]
Renee Taylor (Everton Park, QLD) [development]
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC) [senior]
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW) [senior]
*Gabrielle Nance is an athlete at the South Australian Sports Institute but grew up in Kingscliff, NSW.
^Madison & Savannah Fitzpatrick are athletes at the Queensland Academy of Sport but grew up in Cabarita Beach, NSW.