Maylands hockey starlet Power on the cusp of national selection with place in development squad


On the verge: hockey goalkeeper Aleisha Power is close to a Hockeyroos call up. Picture: Jon Hewson d458357
On the verge: hockey goalkeeper Aleisha Power is close to a Hockeyroos call up. Picture: Jon Hewson d458357

MAYLANDS hockey goalkeeper Aleisha Power is on the cusp of making the Hockeyroos squad after being selected in the national development squad.

Power has represented Australia at the Junior World Cup and WA in the Australian Hockey League.

The WA Diamonds player will be competing at the under-21 nationals in July.

National head coaches Paul Gaudoin and Colin Batch selected the 14-member women’s and 15-member men’s squads.

Both squads will be boosted to a maximum number of 27 athletes following the Australian Hockey League in September.

Power said she was happy to have made the national development squad.

“It feels like all of my 2016 and beginning of 2017 efforts have finally been rewarded with an opportunity to sit on the fringe of the Hockeyroos squad,” she said.

“I have not been a part of this squad before but I have been elevated from the national junior squad.”

Hockey Australia high performance director Toni Cumpston said the squads could form the “next era” of Australia’s senior players.

“We will continue to identify opportunities for athletes to be assessed to enable our new coaching staff to thoroughly assess athletes to ensure we identify the best talent for success in Tokyo (2020 Olympics),” she said.

At the end of 2017, both the national senior squad and 2018 national development squad will be named based on performances throughout the year.

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