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U21 Burras squad named

U21 Burras squad named

18 athletes to play at Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia in October

Author: Shevaun Sly/Thursday, 20 August 2015/Categories: Hockey Australia News, Kookaburras, Events

Hockey Australia has today announced the Under 21 men’s squad, the Burras, to compete at the forthcoming Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia in October. 

The Sultan of Johor Cup marks the first tournament opportunity for the Burras in their build-up towards the Junior World Cup qualifying tournament in early 2016. 

Australia’s Burras will face Argentina, Great Britain, India, Pakistan and Malaysia in the six team round-robin competition in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, between 11-18 October. After departing on 4 October, Australia will play a series of warm-up matches in Singapore prior to arriving in Malaysia on 9 October. 

The Burras will be led by National Junior Coach Ben Bishop, who will be at the helm for the Burras throughout their Junior World Cup campaign. 

Bishop was Assistant Coach at the 2009 Junior World Cup, which was held in Singapore and Johor Bahru, and has previously led Australia ‘A’ tours. Bishop is also the Head Coach for men’s and women’s hockey at the ACT Academy of Sport.

“Following the U18 and U21 Australian Championships and our national junior camp in Canberra, we were able to obtain a range of quality information on our athletes around the country,” said Ben Bishop. 

“The team to compete in Johor was selected with one eye on current performances and the other on starting our journey towards the 2016 Junior World Cup in India. We are lucky to have a large pool of athletes to be able to select quality teams from and the players that missed out will almost certainly get an opportunity to play for the Burras over the next 12 months.”

Discussing the development opportunities that this tournament provides younger Australian athletes, Bishop said, “The Sultan of Johor Cup has become one of the most important international competitions in the world for our junior athletes. It provides an international touring opportunity while also giving them the opportunity to play against international level opposition. 

“This year we will be benefiting from playing against Asian, European and South American teams, giving the athletes a fantastic development opportunity.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association whose assistance allows such a great development opportunity for our athletes.” 

The squad’s participation in the tournament has been made possible thanks to the support of one of Hockey Australia’s key partners, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, through its NextGEN AUSComGames program.

Australian U21 Burras squad, Sultan Johor Cup 2015
Name (Institute, Hometown, State)
Kiran Arunasalam (VIS, Doncaster, Victoria)
Hayden Beltz (TIS, Old Beach, TAS)
Joshua Beltz (TIS, Old Beach, TAS)
Matthew Bird (WAIS, Coolbellup, WA)
Joshua Bretherton (VIS, Brighton, VIC)
Oliver Crane (QAS, Casuarina, QLD)
Matthew Finn (QAS, Paddington, QLD)
Stephen Gale (VIS, Bulleen, VIC)
Frazer Gerrard (WAIS, Cottesloe, WA)
Max Hendry (VIS, Camberwell, VIC)
Tim Howard (QAS, Wakerley, QLD)
Sam Liles (NSWIS, Tamworth, NSW)
Kurt Lovett (NSWIS, Parkes, NSW)
Andrew Scanlon (VIS, Werribee, VIC)
Joshua Simmonds (VIS, Ringwood, VIC)
Nathanael Stewart (NSWIS, Narellan, NSW)
Ash Thomas (NSWIS, Baulkham Hills, NSW)
Jack Welch (TIS, Old Beach, TAS)

Coaching and support staff
Ben Bishop, Head Coach 
Nick Lenoir, Assistant Coach
Chris O’Reilly, Assistant Coach/Manager
Grant van der Ploeg, Performance Analyst
Suzie Goodall, Physiotherapist
Brian Fitzpatrick, Psychologist
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