PREPARATION for this year’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) in Perth will begin in earnest, with both the Thundersticks and Diamonds announcing their squads on the weekend.
Contested by teams representing all states and territories and featuring athletes from the national teams, the AHL tournament is Australia’s premier hockey competition.
This year, both WA squads have a number of new faces in line for selection, with a heavy focus on investing in the future and on providing opportunities.
Overall, 18 potential debutants have been named in the two squads.
Thundersticks head coach Jason Butcher said there was major interest from clubs throughout the State.
n Thundersticks Squad: Chris Bausor (UWA), Graeme Begbie (YMCC), Simon Benetti (Wolves), Matthew Bird (Fremantle), Kiel Brown (WASPS), Nick Budgeon (Wolves), Ian Burcher (Vic Park), Matthew Fisher (UWA), Liam Flynn (Hale), Tim Geers (Melville), Frazer Gerrard (UWA), Coby Green (OAHC), Jake Harvie (Wolves), Dom Hird (Vic Park), Fergus Kavanagh (Hale), Matthew Lim (YMCC), Tyler Lovell (YMCC), Frank Main (UWA), Trent Mitton (WASPS), Alistair Park (Wolves), Alec Rasmussen (Hale), Daniel Rayney (WASPS), James Richardson (OGMHC), Cale Walsh (WASPS), Tom Wickham (UWA), Aran Zalewski (OAHC)
WA Diamonds Squad: Roos Broek (Melville), Jemma Buckley (Wolves), Brooke Capewell (WASPS), Aimee Clark (Melville), Jacqui Day (NCR), Natasha Del Borrello (NCR), Kate Denning (CTP), Erin Flynn (WASPS), Kyra Flynn (WASPS), Rachel Frusher (Vic Park), Annie Gibbs (CTP), Takara Haines (UWA), Bree Johnson (OAHC), Melissa Luff (WASPS), Philippa Morgan (UWA), Matilda Nelson (UWA), Caitlin Pascov (UWA), Candyce Peacock (Wolves), Aleisha Power (CTP), Kathryn Slattery (WASPS), Karri Somerville (Vic Park), Penny Squibb (CTP), Ashlee Wells (NCR), Holly White (UWA), Georgia Wilson (Vic Park)