Hockey Australia today announces the 18-member Kookaburras and Hockeyroos teams to take on Great Britain in Perth in the FIH Pro League on Saturday.
The world number two Kookaburras will face seventh-ranked Great Britain, who’ve started the FIH Pro League with two wins from two matches, from 3:30pm AWST at Perth Hockey Stadium.
The world number three Hockeyroos will take on 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallists Great Britain (ranked second) from 5:30pm AWST.
The Kookaburras have made seven changes from the team which defeated Germany 4-2 in Hobart, with Daniel Beale, Tom Craig, Aaron Kleinschmidt, Trent Mitton, Josh Simmonds, Matthew Swann and Corey Weyer included.
Josh Beltz, Blake Govers, Jack Hayes, Tim Howard, Lachlan Sharp, Jack Welch and Dylan Wotherspoon make way, with the Kookaburras selectors rotating the line-up.
Kookaburras coach Colin Batch said: “We always viewed the start of the FIH Pro League was about finding out about our players and their form.
“We’re still going with that. We had six changes from the team for Melbourne to Hobart. We had a group back here training who had a good training week and a lot of them come back.”
Batch confirmed Margaret River’s Aran Zalewski would be the sole captain in his home state for the first time since officially joining Eddie Ockenden as the team’s co-captains.
“Aran will lead us in Perth,” Batch said. “It makes sense for him to lead us in his home city as Eddie did in Hobart last weekend.
“He’s joined by Tom Wickham, Jake Harvie and Trent Mitton as the four local boys.”
The Hockeyroos have been forced into two changes with Jodie Kenny and Madison Fitzpatrick unavailable due to injury.
Georgina Morgan returns for the first time since being appointed co-captain. She’s joined in the 18-member team by Jocelyn Bartram, Kalindi Commerford and WA’s Penny Squibb.
Along with Kenny and Fitzpatrick, Kristina Bates, Hayley Padget and Ashlee Wells make way.
Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin said: “It’s pleasing to see Georgina Morgan back in after injury as one of our co-captains. We’re looking forward to seeing her perform this weekend.
“With the injuries to Jodie and Madison in defence, Penny Squibb has also warranted selection which is pleasing for her as a local player.”
Gaudoin said the selectors had been cautious on Kenny who missed both of last weekend’s matches in Hobart after picking up the quad injury in training.
“Jodie was close with her quad injury but we wanted to be cautious,” Gaudoin said.
“Madison rolled her ankle and we’re hoping she’ll be on the mend for the coming weeks.”
Saturday’s matches against Great Britain will both be live on kayosports.com.au. The Hockeyroos’ match will be live on FOX SPORTS 506, while the Kookaburras’ match will be delayed on FOX SPORTS 560 from 10:30pm AEDT.
Tickets are still available for the Perth matches by ticketbooth.com.au. Gates open at 2:30pm AWST.
Saturday 16 February 2019 – Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth
Kookaburras v Great Britain – 3:30pm, Hockeyroos v Great Britain – 5:30pm
*All times AWST
Kookaburras 18-member team:
Athlete (Hometown, State)
Jacob Anderson (Mackay, QLD)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT)
Tom Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Vale, NSW)
Johan Durst (Melbourne, VIC)
Jake Harvie (Dardanup, WA)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Josh Simmonds (Melbourne, VIC)
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD)
Corey Weyer (Biggera Waters, QLD)
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Tom Wickham (Morgan, SA) *Plays for WA
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)
Hockeyroos 18-member team:
Athlete (Hometown, State)
Jocelyn Bartram (Albury, NSW)
Edwina Bone (Orange, NSW) *Plays for ACT
Lily Brazel (Sydney, NSW) *Plays for VIC
Emily Chalker (Crookwell, NSW)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Kalindi Commerford (Ulladulla, NSW) *Plays for ACT
Savannah Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW) *Plays for QLD
Rebecca Greiner (Bundaberg, QLD)
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC)
Ambrosia Malone (Burleigh, QLD)
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Penny Squibb (Tambellup, WA)
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW)
Sophie Taylor (Melbourne, VIC)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
Georgia Wilson (Mahogany Creek, WA)