After the completion of the Australian Hockey League (AHL) the 2007 National Senior Squad, National Development Squad and team for the four-test series between the Hockeyroos and New Zealand have been announced.
Into the National Squad come Rachael Lynch and Renee Trost, both having played at this year's Champions Trophy, while 22-year old Shelly Liddelow gets her chance at international level and will make her Hockeyroos' debut on the tour of New Zealand.
"The three squads chosen are done so with an eye to Beijing and beyond," said national coach, Frank Murray.
"We have selected a national squad and a development squad for a period of now till the middle of November. These players will all get a chance before we look at it again in November and select a squad that we'll be looking to choose our Beijing team from."
"Liddelow's been around for a while and did well during the national league last week so she now gets an opportunity. We'll be looking at her in New Zealand. While Lynch has played the last two Champions Trophies so has some international experience and has done well, as did Trost in this year's Champions Trophy as well as having a strong AHL."
"We've changed the way we're running our Development Squad. We've selected a larger group of younger players all with an eye on the future. There are a few in there that will have a chance for Beijing, but the rest have been selected with an eye to the future, past Beijing."
The squads were selected after the completion of last week's Fast 'n' Furious AHL with the SmokeFree WA Diamonds winning their second consecutive championship against the Queensland Scorchers.
Both finalists have a strong representation in the 2007 National Senior Squad with eleven players from Sunday's final making the group.
"What the AHL showed us is that we have such depth defensively. We basically have ten world class defenders vying for seven spots. For instance, someone like Fiona Johnson has done really well and improved a lot but we just couldn't fit her into the New Zealand team. She's in the National Squad and will get her chance though."
"Another of the real positives to come out of the last week's AHL was the form of Toni Cronk. She's recovered from a shoulder reconstruction and is now playing really well. Cronk and Imison are two of the best keepers in the world, they're both vying for that number one keeper position."
Both Cronk and Imison have been included in the Hockeyroos' team to tour New Zealand from 8-21 May, with four tests in Dunedin, Oamaru and Christchurch. They'll then compete in a six-test series against Japan in Melbourne, Adelaide and Port Lincoln from 9-23 July, before traveling to Beijing for an Olympic Test event in August.
Murray will be hoping to have settled his side upon returning from China because it's then time to qualify for Beijing with the winner of the Oceania Cup gaining entry into what will be an exciting Olympics. The Oceania Cup will be played in Australia, in September, in a location to yet to be finalised.
2007 National Senior Squad
Nicole ARROLD (ACT), Teneal ATTARD (QLD), Madonna BLYTH (QLD), Toni CRONK (NSW), Casey EASTHAM (NSW), Suzie FAULKNER (QLD), Peta GALLAGHER (ACT), Emily HALLIDAY (WA), Kate HOLLYWOOD (NSW), Nikki HUDSON (QLD), Rachel IMISON (VIC), Fiona JOHNSON (NSW), Amy KORNER (QLD), Angie LAMBERT (QLD), Shelly LIDDELOW (WA), Rachael LYNCH (VIC), Kobie McGURK (WA), Emma MEYER (QLD), Hope MUNRO (QLD), Rebecca SANDERS (NSW), Sarah TAYLOR (ACT), Renee TROST (VIC), Mel TWITT (NSW), Kim WALKER (WA)
Hockeyroos team for NZ tour
Nicole ARROLD (ACT), Teneal ATTARD (QLD), Madonna BLYTH (QLD), Toni CRONK (NSW),Suzie FAULKNER (QLD), Peta GALLAGHER(ACT), Emily HALLIDAY (WA), Rachel IMISON (VIC), Angie LAMBERT (QLD), Shelly LIDDELOW (WA), Kobie McGURK (WA), Emma MEYER (QLD), Hope MUNRO (QLD), Rebecca SANDERS (NSW), Sarah TAYLOR (ACT), Renee TROST (VIC), Mel TWITT (NSW), Kim WALKER (WA)
2007 National Development Squad
Kary CHAU (VIC), Jade CLOSE (NSW), Sam GALE (NSW), Carla HUNTER (QLD), Stacia JOSEPH (VIC), Jacklyn McCRAE (NSW), Claire MESSENT (VIC), Ashleigh NELSON (WA), Sarah O'CONNOR (VIC), Lisa PAMENTER (WA), Megan RIVERS (NSW), Jayde TAYLOR (WA)
Source: Hockey Australia
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