Jillaroos beckon for star SASI duo

Outstanding SASI athletes Hattie Shand and Emma de Broughe have been rewarded for their rapid development in hockey by winning selection in Australia's under-21 team for a tri-series against New Zealand and India  in December

Emma Hattie Jillaroos

DETERMINATION, skill and commitment are paying off big time for star athletes Hattie Shand and Emma de Broughe.

Both South Aussies and SA Sports Institute scholarship holders have been selected in the Australian under-21 hockey team (Jillaroos) for a tri-series in December against India and New Zealand.

Jillaroos Head Coach Tim White said the duo had worked hard to be selected in the 18-strong squad.

"This is a fantastic reward for both Hattie and Emma,'' White said.

"Both have worked very hard in all areas and thoroughly deserve their selection.

"Hattie and Emma juggle sport and elite sport and are great young role models. Credit also goes to everyone who works with the athletes in the SASI hockey program.

"We think we have chosen a talented group who, with good preparation, should come together to be a good unit when we play the tri-series in December.''

Emma is set to make her under-21 debut in the series.

Shand said she was looking forward to the series and other events.

"It's exciting. It's a busy next few months also with the HockeyOne league and then the tri series with full training leading up to the series,'' Shand said.

"We are tracking well and super keen for the journey ahead.''

Most of the squad for the Jillaroos were selected from the pool of players from the national junior squad.

The tri-series will be held at the ACT Hockey Centre, Canberra, between December 3 and 8.

The Jillaroos will play two matches each against India and New Zealand.

After this series the players will return to their home states in January before meeting again for a national junior camp in February leading up to four matches against the Japanese under-21 women's team.

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