BREAKING NEWS: International teams headed to Perth For AHL 2016
It's the hottest ticket in town... International Teams are now set to compete in the Perth's 2016 Australian Hockey League for the very first time...
With the addition of a number of international teams in to the mix for the very first time – the 2016 Australian Hockey League 2016 in Perth is set to be the hottest ticket in town.
As the country’s premier domestic hockey tournament, the AHL always features a wide range of top class athletes - including players from the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos.
WA’s own Kathryn Slattery, Aran Zalewski, Fergus Kavanagh and Tyler Lovell, who are all currently away on Olympic duty in Rio de Janeiro, are also all scheduled to take part.
But today (Thursday) Hockey WA is pleased to announce that Teams from Malaysia, New Zealand and India will all now be involved in the action as well
Peter Churack, Hockey WA’s CEO, said: “This year’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) in Perth will undoubtedly go down in history as the biggest and best event in the tournament’s history.
“A fantastic family-friendly event, this year’s AHL will give Hockey WA the perfect opportunity to grow the game of hockey throughout the State and showcase our fantastic athletes, outstanding facilities and progressive programs on the international stage.
“It also provides Hockey WA with the perfect opportunity to grow the game of hockey throughout Western Australia and showcase our fantastic athletes, outstanding facilities, and progressive programs on the international stage.
“I would like to thank the Department of Sport and Recreation for their support which has contributed to ensuring that this event will be a success and I look forward to welcoming everyone to Perth as we look to establish who will be the best in the west.”
Terry Evans, High Performance Director of Hockey New Zealand commented: “Competing in Australia’s premier domestic hockey competition alongside teams from India and Malaysia not only provides unique opportunity for developing athletes and coaches against quality opponents, but also signals the start of a strategic relationship involving all four countries that grows the exposure of the sport, and improves the opportunities for each countries national teams.”
Logan Raj, CEO of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation said: "We are extremely pleased to receive the offer to play in what we perceive to be one of the world's most competitive leagues. This remains a milestone for Malaysian Hockey. We believe this will strengthen our already close relationship. We thank Hockey Australia for extending this offer and will aspire to do our best in the tournament."
Indian Junior Men Hockey Team Coach, Harendra Singh said: “We are extremely pleased to be one of the international teams to be invited for the first time by Hockey Australia for the Australian Hockey League.
“The tournament will present a good set of diverse talent from different teams. It will be very beneficial for our team to face this challenge building up towards the Junior World Cup which will take place in a few months to follow.”
AHL WA Thundersticks Squad:
Chris Bausor (UWA)
Graeme Begbie (YMCC)
Simon Benetti (Wolves)
Matthew Bird (Fremantle)
Kiel Brown (WASPS)
Nick Budgeon (Wolves)
Ian Burcher (Victoria Park)
Matthew Fisher (UWA)
Liam Flynn (Hale)
Tim Geers (Melville)
Frazer Gerrard (UWA)
Coby Green (Old Aquinians)
Jake Harvie (Wolves)
Dom Hird (Victoria Park)
Fergus Kavanagh (Hale)
Matthew Lim (YMCC)
Tyler Lovell (YMCC)
Frank Main (UWA)
Trent Mitton (WASPS)
Alistair Park (Wolves)
Alec Rasmussen (Hale)
Daniel Rayney (WASPS)
James Richardson (OGMHC)
Cale Walsh (WASPS)
Tom Wickham (UWA)
Aran Zalewski (Old Aquinians)
AHL WA Diamonds Squad:
Roos Broek (Melville)
Jemma Buckley (Wolves)
Brooke Capewell (WASPS)
Aimee Clark (Melville)
Jacqui Day (North Coast Raiders)
Natasha Del Borrello (North Coast Raiders)
Kate Denning (Curtin Trinity Pirates)
Erin Flynn (WASPS)
Kyra Flynn (WASPS)
Rachel Frusher (Victoria Park)
Annie Gibbs (Curtin Trinity Pirates)
Takara Haines (UWA)
Bree Johnson (Old Aquinians)
Melissa Luff (WASPS)
Philippa Morgan (UWA)
Matilda Nelson (UWA)
Caitlin Pascov (UWA)
Candyce Peacock (Wolves)
Aleisha Power (Curtin Trinity Pirates)
Kathryn Slattery (WASPS)
Karri Somerville (Victoria Park)
Penny Squibb (Curtin Trinity Pirates)
Ashlee Wells (North Coast Raiders)
Holly White (UWA)Georgia Wilson (Victoria Park)
The AHL 2016 is taking place at Perth Hockey Stadium from September 29-October 9.
Hockey Australia Chief Executive, Cam Vale, said: “Hockey Australia is excited to be able to extend the opportunity to take part in our national league to India, Malaysia and New Zealand.
“It will add great depth to the tournament, which will be the first time the men’s and women’s competition has been held at the same time, and will give our State and Territory teams a fantastic opportunity to experience international competition.
“This will also be the first time both the boys and girls U/13’s competition will be hosted in conjunction with the men’s and women’s league, which is an exciting opportunity for young hockey players to play the sport they love alongside their hockey heroes. It is a credit to our State and Territory hockey associations for leading and supporting this sort of initiative.”