A strong number of Western Australian hockey players were recently selected to join national development squads for 2017.
This week Hockey Australia confirmed six locals in the women’s junior squad, following an announcement earlier in the month that saw seven WA players named in the men’s development squad.
The women’s squad includes UWA student and UWA Hockey Club player Phillipa Morgan, who plays for the women’s premier 1s.
Phillipa is a midfield player who has long been a member of the UWA team, as well as steadily growing through state teams, having been previously called up to the WA Diamonds squad.
Matthew Fisher, also a UWA Hockey Club player, was called into the men’s 27-strong squad, released in the first week of August.
Matthew was previously listed in the 2016 WA Thundersticks squad alongside fellow UWAHC teammates Chris Bausor, Frazer Gerrard, Frank Main, and Tom Wickham.
National Pathway Manager Michael Crooks described the athletes as the future of the sport.
"We have selected 24 athletes who we believe will be the next generation of high performance hockey athletes in Australia,” he said.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communications, and Events