Powell excited by young talent23 October 2008
Hockey Australia will have the opportunity to display its future stars in January next year with the women's Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) team announced today.
Sixteen of the country’s best young female players have been selected to compete at the AYOF from the 14 – 18 January 2009 in Sydney.
Women's National Junior Coach and dual Olympic gold medallist Katrina Powell said the squad is bursting with talent and expects the team to perform well at the tournament.
"With the Beijing Olympics completed and the 2012 London Olympics on the horizon the upcoming period presents itself as an exciting opportunity to focus on our junior athletes," said Powell.
Emily Hurtz and Harriet Moore are the most experienced AYOF athletes having played hockey for Australia at the 2007 Festival.
Hurtz and fellow squad member Danielle Schubach have also been selected to tour Europe as part of the Australia ‘A’ / Australian Institute of Sport team, from the 13 November – 2 December 2008.
Powell said the AYOF tournament will also provide the players with a taste of what it takes to be successful at an international tournament.
"It is an Olympic style event so it will give the players a good experience of what could be around the corner for them if they continue to improve and work hard.
“Casey Eastham competed in the 2007 AYOF tournament and then went on to represent Australia at the recent 2008 Beijing Olympics. So there is a good example for the players about how these types of events can help prepare you for the bigger things to come."
One squad member will have inside information about what it’s like to compete at the Olympic Games and a multi sport event like the AYOF. West Australian Kate Denning is the daughter of Elspeth Denning (nee Clement), who played hockey for Australia and won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
The Men's AYOF squad will be announced in the coming days.
2009 AYOF Women’s Hockey Squad
Name - State - Postcode
Stephanie Andrews WA 6101
Jemma Buckley WA 6010
Paige Collins WA 6027
Kate Denning WA 6151
Jill Dwyer QLD 4151
Anna Flanagan ACT 2602
Bianca Greenshields SA 5550
Marnie Hudson QLD 4226
Emily Hurtz NSW 2570
Heather Langham NT 812
Karina Lucas ACT 2615
Harriet Moore NSW 2074
Gerogie Parker SA 5082
Sally Parks ACT
Danielle Schubach VIC 3018
Emily Wilson TAS 7017
Coach - Katrina Powell