Hockey Australia Country Teams
Since the inception of annual Australian Country Championships, representative ‘teams’ have been named at the conclusion of the event and in the ‘early years’ completed a tour on a biennial basis. Since 2003 the process has become more formalised with men’s and women’s teams being formally selected, announced and scheduled for a representative tour.
Initially, these teams competed in the biennial Arafura Games and, in the intervening year, toured internationally – New Zealand (2004) and Fiji (2006). Following the 2007 Arafura Games, Hockey Australia determined that an international tour would replace the Arafura Games, providing country hockey players with the opportunity to tour internationally each year.
Self-funded (assisted by whatever sponsorship we are able to attract) these tours provide Country players with a unique opportunity to represent Australian Country Hockey internationally. Positions within the teams are eagerly sought after and valued by those who earn them. As national Country representatives the players and teams staff attract acknowledgment from their peers and domestic associations who share in their achievements. In addition to players, the country teams also provide a unique opportunity to coaches, managers, medical staff, statisticians and umpires.
In 2008 the Australian teams toured Singapore, competing successfully against the Singapore men’s and women’s national teams. Later in 2008, Australian Country teams fulfilled Hockey Australia’s obligation to Oceania Hockey by representing Australia at the inaugural Pacific Cup in Fiji. Following that initial involvement in Oceania and in keeping with plans to provide a pathway for country players, Under 21 teams have been selected to fulfil that commitment. At the Australian Country Championships there are now four country teams selected Senior and U21 for both men and women.
With the introduction of the World League competition, the Oceania Pacific Cup has become a Round 1 biennial event (Australian and New Zealand progress automatically to Round 2) at which the country U21 teams compete and in the ‘off year’ compete in an international event scheduled in Fiji thus maintaining the development role in the region.
Since 2008 the senior country teams have toured internationally to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand competing in a variety of events and games against various national teams.
Nominations for these teams are called for prior to the Championships and a rigorous and transparent selection process is undertaken during the Championships to ensure quality representative teams are selected. The teams are announced as part of the presentation ceremony at the conclusion of the Championships.
Squads are nominated and selected from the Country Australian Championships each year. The 2018/19 squads were selected at the 2018 Australian Country Championships in Berri. Congratulations to all those selected.
Australian Country Squads 2018 / 2019
Senior Men’s team:
Grant Dilger (c) (QLD), Justin Alford (NSW), Brett Borreson (QLD), Jack Chadwick (VIC), Troy Cooper (QLD), Michael Dillon (NSW), Philip Dumpleton (QLD), Ben Hanlan (NSW), Sean Herbert (SA), Nicholas Milne (NSW), David Reid (NSW), Dean Robertson (NSW), Cale Rout (VIC), Peter Sceresini (QLD), Gus Schofield (NSW), Jed Schofield (NSW), Matthew Souchon (WA), Jeremy Stephens (QLD)
Manager: Brian Wild, Coach: Rob Laffin, Assistant Coach: Cory Letts, Physio: Simone Williams, Umpire: Christopher Ibell
Senior Women’s team:
Samantha Daly (c) (VIC), Brooke Anderson (QLD), Haylee Brodin (QLD), Georgia Ellis (WA), Minka Elliott (QLD), Rachel Hoey (NSW), Chelsea Hird (VIC), Amelia Leard (NSW), Jess Luchetti (NSW), Jackleene Macarthur (ADF), Georgia McCormick (VIC), Heather Morris (QLD), Brittany Parker (NSW), Katrina Rekunow (NSW), Alison Stock (ADF), Mindee Stone (VIC), Madeleine Stower (QLD), Sarah Watterson (NSW)
Manager: Leanne Andaloro, Coach: Wayne Gaynor, Assistant Coach: Stuart Hyslop, Physio: Jessica Karafilis, Umpire: Claudia Hartas
Under-21 Men’s team:
Max Ferrier (c) (VIC), Brodie Carrigan (SA), Darby Chalmers (NSW), Tarack Chappell (QLD), Simon Churcher (VIC), Heath Cremasco (WA), Brayden Dalton (WA), Sean Fitzgerald (VIC), Mitchell Ivory (ADF), Liam Mackay (QLD), Lachlan Nisbet (SA), William Orth (NSW), Daniel Pittendreigh (QLD), Zaige Porra (VIC), Chris Souchon (WA), Liam Sweeney (WA), James Thomson (VIC), Jackson Willie (QLD)
Manager: Jeff Sly, Coach: Sara Rogers, Assistant Coach: Jamie Pain, Physio: Liam Geraghty
Under-21 Women’s team:
Ainsley Clanchey (QLD), Millah Allcorn (NSW), Philippa Bairstow (WA), Chloe Blight (WA), Jade Chapman (SA), Sophie Collings (SA), Tiahnee Cropper (NSW), Hayley Crowhurst (SA), Dee-Jay Hands (WA), Courtney Hogan (NSW), Abbey Mathers (VIC), Tayah Medlin (WA), Eryn Norie (VIC), Bailie Wheatley (NSW), Zali Spencer (WA), Sarah Steinhardt (QLD), Brianna Sutton (NSW)
Manager: Geogetta Powis, Coach: Phill Foreman, Assistant Coach: Tenille Harrington, Physio: Annie Helwig, Umpire: Chloe Scott