SWAS talents warming up to battle on national stage

Some of the state’s best junior hockey players are located here in the South West, and a handful of them are warming up to represent Western Australia on the national stage.

Next month, teams stacked with some of the region’s best and brightest will don the black and gold colours of WA after a long list of South West Academy of Sport athletes earned positions in state under-15 and 18 teams.

In what is another blockbuster year for local talents earning state team representation, SWAS athletes Phoenix Green, Bronte Price, Belle Ramshaw and Jack Tosana, along with SWAS alumni Ky Fisher and Emily Antonovich, will jet to Hobart to battle for WA in the under-18 national tournament. Indee Elphich will train-on.

Meanwhile, Maddie Fenwick, Fletcher Wetherell and Sari Wooton will take to the field in Narellan, NSW where they will face under-15 talent from around the country.

SWAS hockey head coach Andrew Blee said making the state teams was the result of years of hard work from a number of people including players, clubs, coaches and development officers as well as SWAS.

“The ability for our young players to play in the senior competition has also, without a doubt, assisted in this success where Perth players do not get the same opportunities at such a young age,” he said.

Blee said he expected some tough opposition on the field as states and territories push for national honours.

“Having experienced state tournaments as a spectator over the past three years, it is safe to say that the competition will be fierce,” he said.