The players and staff selected in this year’s Australian Open and Under 21 Men’s and Women’s Teams have been announced following the conclusion of the national championships in Shepparton.
The Hockey Australia Country teams are representative teams selected from the competing teams at the Australian Country Championships each year.
Traditionally the four representative teams selected are:
– Senior Men and Women
– 21s Men and Women
To be selected in the Australian Country representative teams, players must be registered with their state, earn state selection through their domestic selection process and compete at the Australian Country Championships.
Upon selection, each of the representative teams compete in an international tour.
The 21s are off to Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak) to play against a variety of club and state teams. Currently, the plan is for the teams to play in Kuching (Sarawak), Tawau and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.
Australian 21s Country Teams last visited Borneo in January 2020 just before the COVID pandemic.
In January this year the Australian 21s Country sides were back on tour for the first time post the pandemic and completed a successful tour of Indonesia.
Back in April this year, the senior rep teams selected after the 2022 Australian Country Championships went on tour to Singapore and Malaysia. While in Singapore, the teams competed in a 3-match series against the national teams before moving on to games in Melaka and Kuala Lumpur where they played a combination of club, state and notional development teams.
For the Senior teams selected from this year’s national championships, they will head to New Zealand for a series of matches. The last time Australian Country teams toured New Zealand was back in 2019.
Hockey Australia Country Representative Squads
Ethan Anderson VIC, Sam Basile QLD, Brayden Dalton WA, Grant Dilger QLD, Noah Erdeljac VIC, Ky Fisher WA, Lachlan Hansford VIC, Tim Hardy NSW, Curtis James QLD, Liam Kerr-Nelson VIC, Joshua McPaul QLD, Corey Piggin QLD, David Reid NSW, Cale Rout VIC, Gus Schofield NSW, Liam Sweeney WA, Jack Tosana WA, Tyler Willott NSW
Manager – Brian Wild
Coach – Robert Laffin
Assistant Coach – Stuart Hyslop
Physio – Phil Turner
Clare Bosman NSW, Priya Bourke NSW, Cassidy Brazeau QLD, Sophie Collings VIC, Karina Curtis QLD, Holly Gilbar QLD, Shona Haynes WA, Courtney Hogan NSW, Amelia Leard NSW, Caitlyn Low NSW, Lauren Newman WA, Tamika Potter NSW, Amy Smith ADF, Meg Snelling WA, Maddy Spano SA, Aleesha Spyve QLD, Emma White NSW, Samantha White NSW
Manager – Leanne Andaloro
Coach – Wayne Gaynor
Assistant Coach – Tammy Handsford
Physio – Sarah Bradbrook
Riley Burgess SA, Brayden Caldow VIC, Zane Drennan WA, Toby Edlington SA, Raine Fisher WA, Oliver Garfield SA, Jake Whitford VIC, Jack Hawthorne QLD, Jack Hill QLD, Lachlan Howard NSW, Jayden Schram VIC, Tom Searl NSW, Cooper Smith NSW, Nicholas Southern SA, Lachlan Stokes SA, Sam Systa QLD, Fletcher Taylor WA, Ewan Wightman VIC
21s Men’s staff
Manager – Jeff Sly
Coach – Jamie Pain
Assistant Coach – Phillip Southern
Physio – Daniel Westphal
Emma Bellingham QLD, Lani Blackman QLD, Sienna Campese QLD, Charli Corbin NSW, Hayley Crowhurst SA, Madeline Denny QLD, Hayley Fischer NSW, Imogen Fowles NSW, Lucy Frame NSW, Sophie Hallam WA, Molly Klix VIC, Brooke Pilcher ADF, Rylee Pontt VIC, Mischa Rodier WA, Tess Rowling WA, Meghan Searl NSW, Kahlua Smart VIC, Lara Watts NSW
21s Women’s staff
Manager – Madeleine Palacios
Coach – Tenille Yandle
Assistant Coach – Daniel Knapp
Physio – Laura Wade