HOCKEY Australia announced on Thursday the national women’s development squad for 2018, which includes Ulladulla product Kalindi Commerford.
The announcement comes after the release of the national senior women’s squad on Tuesday, which included Gerringong’s Grace Stewart, with two spots remaining available and to be determined following the Spain Test series in Perth in January.
National development squad players are decentralised but receive Hockey Australia support and resources through the state institutes and NTC coaches.
“We’ve selected people who we think will help us develop a group that can win a medal in Tokyo,” Hockeyroos head coach Paul Gaudoin said.
“We want to make sure the development squad is about preparing people to be able to play for Australia.”
Laura Barden and Kate Hanna have been de-selected from the national women’s development squad and added to the development squad, while Lily Brazel, Savannah Fitzpatrick and Emily Hurtz were elevated to the senior squad on Tuesday.
Western Australia’s Karri Sommerville has been added to the development Ssquad after impressive performances at the 2017 under 21 championships and 2016 junior world cup.
Murphy Allendorf, Kyra Flynn, Greta Hayes and Sam Snow are omitted from the development squad.
Jodie Kenny, Sophie Taylor, Naomi Evans, Anna Flanagan, Laura Gray and Roos Broek were added to the development squad in October and have been retained.
“There’s people who we want to give more of an opportunity to see where they are at coming into next year,” Gaudoin said.
The national women’s selection panel have identified Barden, Kalindi Commerford, Hanna, Kenny, Ambrosia Malone and Mikaela Patterson as the players in contention for the final two spots.
Those six players will attend the senior squad’s January camp and be included in the Spain Test series.
“It’s important we give people the chance if they haven’t had enough of an opportunity,” Gaudoin said.
Women’s national development squad: Laura Barden, Roos Broek, Kalindi Commerford, Naomi Evans, Anna Flanagan, Laura Gray, Kate Hanna, Jodie Kenny, Ambrosia Malone, Hayley Padget, Mikaela Patterson, Meg Pearce, Aleisha Power, Teagan Richards, Karri Sommerville, Penny Squibb and Sophie Taylor.