Hockey Australia has announced its men’s National Junior Squad for 2015. The National Junior Squad will provide development opportunities for the 25 selected athletes to refine their hockey abilities in the build-up towards the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.
The primary focus of the National Junior Squad is to ensure that there is a progressively increasing level of depth within men’s hockey to ensure a sustainable future for the Australian men’s senior squad for years to come.
The National Junior Squad has a shifting priority based on the date of the next Junior World Cup. In the two years preceding the Junior World Cup, the focus is on an under 21 age group, while during the rest of the cycle, the National Junior Squad supports athletes at an under 23 age group. As such, in preparation for the 2016 Junior World Cup, athletes born in 1994 or later are eligible for selection in 2015, and athletes born in 1995 or later are eligible for selection for selection in 2016.
Athletes have been assessed across the past year at Under 18 and Under 21 Australian Championships, the Australian Hockey League, the Youth Olympic Games, Sultan of Johor Cup and in a series of National Junior camps across the year, including the Youth Development Camp on the Gold Coast in December.
In discussing the selection of the National Junior Squad, Hockey Australia’s National Talent Pathway Manager Michael Crooks said, “The selection of the 2015 National Junior Squad has been a long and detailed process, and the national selectors are very happy with the squad that has been put forward to Hockey Australia. With this targeted group of athletes embedded within Hockey Australia’s development and National Training Centre programs, we are confident that we have the nucleus of a strong team heading into the Junior World Cup in 2016, then transitioning into the senior national program in the years ahead.”
The men’s FIH Junior World Cup will take place in India from 1-11 December 2016.
2015 Hockey Australia Men's National Junior Squad
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
Athlete (Hometown, State)
Matthew Bird (Coolbellup, WA)
Scott Boyde (Chandler, QLD)
Jonathan Bretherton (Brighton, VIC)
Joshua Bretherton (Brighton, VIC)
Oliver Crane (Casuarina, NSW)
James Day (Trace, ACT)
Isaac Farmilo (Tamworth, NSW)
Stephen Gale (Bulleen, VIC)
Frazer Gerrard (Cottesloe, WA)
Kyle Gildea (Carrara, QLD)
Ross Hall (Attadale, WA)
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC)
Jack Hayes (Albion Park, NSW)
Max Hendry (Camberwell, VIC)
Benjamin Hooppell (Parkville, VIC)
Timothy Howard (Wakerley, QLD)
Bradley Hughes (Goonellabah, NSW)
Maxwell Hughes (Lake Heights, NSW)
Samuel Liles (Tamworth, NSW)
Alec Rasmussen (Stirling, WA)
Marshall Roberts (Crawley, WA)
Andrew Scanlon (Werribee, VIC)
Joshua Simmonds (Ringwood North, VIC)
Nathanael Stewart (Narellan, NSW)
Ashley Thomas (Baulkam Hills, NSW)