Hockey: Rivervale’s Georgia Wilson named in Hockeyroo squad for Oceania Cup


Rivervale’s Georgia Wilson (in black) has been named on the WA Diamonds hockey team.
Rivervale’s Georgia Wilson (in black) has been named on the WA Diamonds hockey team.

RIVERVALE’S own Hockeyroo Georgia Wilson is set to take to the world stage for the Oceania Cup.

Along with fellow West Australian Kathryn Slattery, Wilson will be taking on New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in Sydney next month.

“I’ve very excited, after debuting at World League and now being selected again,” Wilson said.

The 21-year-old reflected on her game in July against Holland.

“They’re the number one team in the world. We lost to them, but you see these people on TV and at the Olympics, and they epitomise the sport, so to be able to play against them is very exciting,” she said.

“It’s a bit blurry still. I haven’t really processed the quick transition to WAIS, and then being selected in the team. That’ll take some time. Maybe I’ll digest it during the holidays.”

The fourth year Bachelor of Science student at UWA has also just been awarded the Rechelle Hawkes Youth Player of the Year at Hockey WA’s Annual Dinner, and named in the WA Diamonds team for the 2017 Australian Hockey League (AHL) tournament.

The AHL features top-class athletes from the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, teams from India and New Zealand, and each state and territory’s finest players.

“I play consistently with the same approach to each game, whether it’s a club game, a state game or an international game, but now that I’m one of the three Hockeyroos in the Diamonds team there’s an extra responsibility on me and I’m willing to take that on and be a senior member of the team,” she said.

“I’m excited about the style our team has. Although on paper we’re a young team in terms of age, I don’t think we are lacking anything in defence or attack.”

The 2017 AHL is taking place in Perth between September 28 and October 8.