Hockeyroos turn to WA speed demon Georgia Wilson for World League Semifinal

Bridget Lacy
The West - Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Hockeyroos duo Kathryn Slattery and Georgia Wilson are off to the World League Semifinal in Belgium. Picture: Steve Ferrier
Hockeyroos duo Kathryn Slattery and Georgia Wilson are off to the World League Semifinal in Belgium. 
Picture: Steve Ferrier
Picture: The West Australian

WA debutant Georgia Wilson has been given a licence to thrill when the Hockeyroos begin a new era at the World League Semifinal in Brussels later this month.

The 21-year-old midfielder will make her first senior international appearance in warm-up Tests against world No.1 Netherlands, before the Hockeyroos open their campaign against Malaysia on June 21.

“It’s what I’ve worked for for the last 10 or 15 years,” Wilson said.

“It’s definitely been at the forefront of my mind, particularly over the past two years as I’ve realised I’m capable of playing for Australia.

“I feel ready. I know I’ve really earned my spot. My speed is my biggest attribute.

“It’s something that I think can really expose the opponent.

“The coaches have told me they want to take a few risks and attack forward and really just embrace the opportunity. There is no pressure to perform.”

Kathryn Slattery returns after sitting out the Hawkes Bay Cup.

The striker said it took time to get over a disappointing Rio de Janeiro Olympics before excitement about the future took over.

The No.4-ranked Hockeyroos must finish in the top five to qualify for next year’s World Cup and top four to be in November’s World League Final.

“A new coach, new program, new people — it’s been completely different to the previous few years,” Slattery said.

“That’s been really exciting, feeling like we can create our own history from here.

“I’m really unsure where our team fits internationally. It’s an important time where we can write our own future. There’s a lot of drive within the group.”

Slattery, 23, said she wanted to evolve into a player who was always picked, but have a leadership role in the developing team.

She said she was delighted to welcome Wilson into the squad.

“She’s a great kid, she works so hard and she is always striving to be better,” Slattery said.

“We may not see eye to eye all the time because we are so different. I’m quite laid back and she’s very intense. But we have a really strong relationship.”

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