Hockeyroos 2021 squad heralds exciting revolution

Published Wed 02 Dec 2020

Australian women’s hockey is full of optimism after a wave of elite talent with immense potential was included in the 2021 Hockeyroos squad.

Exciting 20-year old striker Courtney Schonell and tenacious defender Meg Pearce have been rewarded with selection after their impressive form could not be ignored.

Western Australian duo, goalkeeper Aleisha Power and defender Penny Squibb, were also selected following excellent performances at last month’s high pressure national selection camp.

*A VNR and audio files featuring interviews with Hockeyroos Head Coach Paul Gaudoin, goalkeeper Aleisha Power and midfielder Steph Kershaw, plus highlights from recent intra-squad matches will be distributed following this media release.*

The addition of the highly ambitious quartet adds a new dynamic to a Hockeyroos squad full of promise leading into next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

While the immediate focus is on July’s Games in Tokyo, Head Coach Paul Gaudoin said the selection panel’s decisions were also made with the 2022 Commonwealth Games and next Olympic cycle in mind.

“Courtney (Schonell) joins Amy Lawton and Karri Somerville as athletes in our squad who are 20 years of age or younger. Throw in Aleisha Power, who is 23, and they represent the exciting present and future of the Hockeyroos,” said Gaudoin.

“Their enthusiasm, desire and hunger to not only represent the Hockeyroos but compete and succeed is contagious.”

“This squad includes some of the most exciting and talented young players in world hockey and gives us a fantastic blend of youth and experience.”

Schonell, a product of the NSW Institute of Sport, is a talented striker who has been a member of the Jillaroos (Australian Under 21 squad).

“Courtney demonstrated at the selection camp that she has a quality skill set, wants to compete and is ready to step into the Hockeyroos program and take her game to another level,” said Gaudoin.

Pearce receives her opportunity after pressing her claims over the past two years.

“Meg is an athletic defender who epitomises the values and behaviours expected of a Hockeyroo,” said Gaudoin.

“She has great mobility and closing speed and adds to our current defensive group.”

“Penny (Squibb) has also shown marked improvement this year and will push our other defenders to push the bar even higher.”

Power represented the Hockeyroos previously in a three match home series in November 2017 and becomes an official part of the squad after being a standout at last month’s national selection camp.

“Aleisha is an extremely talented goalkeeper who has matured a lot in the past 18 months through her willingness to learn and improve,” said Gaudoin.

Power takes the place in the squad of veteran goalkeeper Rachael Lynch who has amassed 223 appearances over 14 years on the international stage.

Power’s selection highlights a changing of the guard and a renewed focus towards an injection of young blood into the Hockeyroos fold.

Georgina Morgan and the recently retired Karri McMahon are the others to come out of the squad.

“Rachael, Georgina and Karri have been exceptional contributors and fantastic players for the Hockeyroos over an extended period,” said Gaudoin.

“Today’s announcement comes with mixed emotions for many – that is the nature of high performance sport.”

“Selection is always difficult and even more so this year. I empathise with the athletes who have missed out but the selection panel has chosen a squad that it believes gives the Hockeyroos the best chance of success not just in 2021 but over the next Olympic cycle.

“The selection criteria takes into account a range of aspects so we stand by and respect the decisions the selectors have made.”

Due to the impact of COVID and the inability of some athletes to attend the last month’s national selection camp, the selection panel has named 25 athletes with the option of filling the full quota of 27 in the first quarter of 2021.

Hockeyroos 2021 squad

Name

Date of Birth

Hometown, State

Caps (Goals)

Laura Barden

9/06/1994

Kew, VIC

44 (5)

Jocelyn Bartram (gk)

4/05/1993

Albury, NSW

51 (0)

Edwina Bone

24/04/1988

Orange, NSW

202 (5)

Emily Chalker

28/07/1992

Crookwell, NSW

244 (82)

Jane Claxton

26/10/1992

Adelaide, SA

182 (18)

Kalindi Commerford

18/11/1994

Ulladulla, ACT

50 (8)

Madison Fitzpatrick

14/12/1996

Cabarita Beach, QLD

75 (16)

Greta Hayes

17/10/1996

Sydney, NSW

9 (0)

Kate Jenner

5/05/1990

Mudgee, NSW

127 (1)

Stephanie Kershaw

19/04/1995

Townsville, QLD

64 (7)

Amy Lawton

19/01/2002

Emerald, VIC

14 (3)

Rosie Malone

8/01/1998

Burleigh, QLD

51 (11)

Kaitlin Nobbs

24/09/1997

Newington, NSW

82 (4)

Meg Pearce

1/07/1994

Camp Hill, QLD

-

Brooke Peris

16/01/1993

Darwin, NT

171 (26)

Aleisha Power (gk)

1/01/1997

Northam, WA

3 (0)

Courtney Schonell

17/09/2000

Campbelltown, NSW

-

Karri Somerville

7/04/1999

Kensington, WA

2 (0)

Penny Squibb

9/02/1993

Tambellup, WA

10 (1)

Grace Stewart

24/04/1997

Gerringong, NSW

86 (25)

Renee Taylor

28/09/1996

Everton Park, QLD

82 (8)

Sophie Taylor

12/09/1995

Melbourne, VIC

34 (1)

Ashlee Wells (gk)

1/08/1989

Morwell, VIC

121 (0)

Mariah Williams

31/05/1995

Parkes, NSW

83 (15)

Georgia Wilson

20/05/1996

Mahogany Creek, WA

38 (0)

*two more athletes are to be added


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