Australian dream realised for Cabarita junior star
CABARITA local Madison Fitzpatrick will realise her dream this weekend when she makes her debut for the Australian Women’s hockey side against Korea in Perth.
The Australian junior representative and Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship holder will join her older sister Savannah in the Hockeyroos side.
Both sisters were named in Hockey Australia’s 16-athlete National Development Squad in January and Savannah has already made her senior international debut.
Madison’s upcoming debut comes as no surprise as Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said the younger Fitzpatrick had been on the radar for quite some time.
“Madison Fitzpatrick has been earmarked as a high-level player for a couple of years now,” Commens said.
“While she’s an exciting prospect with plenty of potential, it’s great to see her beginning to realise some of that potential.”
Madison has international form at junior level and scored a hat-trick against Russia while representing the Jillaroos (Junior Australian team) at the 2013 Hockey Junior World Cup in Germany.
She is one of three debutantes for the match that will offer invaluable development opportunities looking toward the Oceania Cup in New Zealand in October.
Commens said although three senior players were left out, the side picked was one that could win the upcoming Tests against Korea.
“We’ve selected a side that we feel is capable of winning the Tests and that will be our intention,” Commens said.
“It’s really important that we see how some of the less experienced players perform against a top international team and put themselves in the frame (for future selection).”
Australia’s first Test gets under way tomorrow at the Perth Hockey Stadium, beginning at 2.15pm AWST.