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Men's trans-Tasman hockey team announced

17 October 2016

HOCKEY: The teams have been announced for the upcoming Kookaburras’ tour to the trans-Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand as well as to the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne, Victoria.

A team of 18 athletes has been selected for the inaugural trans-Tasman series, and will include Kookaburras debutants Scott Boyde, Ben Craig, Aaron Kleinschmidt and Kurt Mackey, along with the recall of Tim Cross to the team.

The International Festival of Hockey will see a squad of 25 athletes travel to Melbourne to compete against India, Malaysia and New Zealand in a four nations tournament, followed by a test series against India in Bendigo. Robert Bell will make his Kookaburras debut in Melbourne after showcasing impressive skills during the AHL.

Kookaburras Head Coach Paul Gaudoin said: “There is a clear focus on moving forward to the next four-year cycle as we look to develop a squad for Tokyo 2020. With many of our current athletes overseas or having time away from the high performance environment, this is the perfect and much needed time to look wider afield.

“After a big year, we see these series as a chance to discover and expose some athletes who may not have had the opportunity in recent times as we look to increase the depth of our talent pool.

“We believe we have selected an exciting and highly capable athlete group, who will give us every chance of success across both series.”

The International Festival of Hockey will also see the return of Tristan White who was ruled out of Rio 2016 earlier this year after injuring his posterior cruciate ligament.

The trans-Tasman series will take place from November 17 – 20, with the International Festival of Hockey taking place in Melbourne from November 23 – 30.

trans-Tasman Team
Athlete (Hometown/State)
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan Clemons (Ferndale, WA)
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Tim Cross (South Morang, VIC)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW)
Jeremy Edwards (Howrah, TAS)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Kurt Mackey (Hobart, TAS)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Matthew Willis (Victoria Park, NSW)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

International Festival of Hockey
Athlete (Hometown/State)
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Robert Bell (Brisbane, QLD)
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD)
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT)
Tristan Clemons (Ferndale, WA)
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Tim Cross (South Morang, VIC)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW)
Jeremy Edwards (Howrah, TAS)
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmit (Melbourne, VIC)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Kurt Mackey (Hobart, TAS)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Josh Pollard (Melbourne, VIC)
Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW)
Tom Wickham (Morgan, SA)
Matthew Willis (Victoria Park, NSW)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Hockey Australia

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