Star Tweed striker back in Kookaburra calculations
MURWILLUMBAH hockey international Dylan Wotherspoon has fought his way back into the national side, with the Kookaburras selecting the talented 25-year-old for the Darwin International Hockey Open later this month.
After playing a pivotal role in the Kookaburra's gold medal run at the Commonwealth Games, Wotherspoon was a surprise omission from the Kookaburra's Champions Trophy squad in June.
With 70 Kookaburra caps and 24 international goals to his name, Wotherspoon is seen as one of the most gifted players in the national system.
His non-selection at the Champions Trophy even elicited comment from Commonwealth Games flag-bearer and retired Kookaburra legend Mark Knowles, who backed Wotherspoon to win back his place in the national team.
The Kookaburras, currently ranked number one in the world, will take-on Argentina (ranked second), Malaysia (12th) and Japan (16th) at the Darwin tournament from September 18-22.
Wotherspoon will also be available for selection in two subsequent test matches against 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallists Argentina on Friday, September 14 and Sunday, September 16 in Darwin.
If Wotherspoon can impress he will be in good shape for selection to the men's world cup in Bhubaneswar, India, in November.
The Darwin matches will not be streamed, but if you'd like to monitor Wotherspoon's progress, follow the Tweed Daily News site or follow @Kookaburras on Twitter for live updates.