Local sisters set to scorch on National stage
CASUARINA sisters Savannah and Madison Fitzpatrick have been selected to play for the Queensland Scorchers in the 2015 Australian Hockey League (AHL) in Darwin and Sydney next month.
Both girls were recently selected in the Hockeyroos side against Korea in Perth earlier in the month and will join the Scorchers squad to face teams from Australia’s seven other states and territories.
The AHL is Australia’s elite hockey competition and is one of the most competitive national leagues in the world and Queensland will also be represented in men’s competition by the Queensland Blades.
Blades coach Mick Evans said the honour of representing their state is not lost on the athletes who will take the field for Queensland on the national stage.
“It is a dream to represent Queensland for many of these athletes and coaches,” Evans said.
“There is no greater honour (than) to wear maroon, and for some it will be their highest achievement.”
The Fitzpatrick sisters are athletes for the Queensland Institute of Sport, but grew up playing with the Cabarita Beach Hockey Club.
They excelled at junior level, representing the Australian under-21 Jillaroos at the Junior World Championships in Russia in 2013, before claiming their respective spots for the Hockeyroos this year.
The Scorchers finished runner’s up in last years series, following a gold medal in 2013 and are expected to be major contenders for this year’s series.
The AHL will run from September 25 - October 2, commencing in Darwin for the men’s side and Sydney Olympic park for the Fitzpatricks’ Scorchers.