Lithgow hockey players selected to represent the state

STATE SAVVY: Seven players from the Lithgow open women's team have been selected to represent the state in upcoming national competitions: Andy Gillard, Rene Hunter, Abigail Wilson, Clare Bosman, Tamika Bostock, Amelia Leard and Jess Luchetti.

STATE SAVVY: Seven players from the Lithgow open women's team have been selected to represent the state in upcoming national competitions: Andy Gillard, Rene Hunter, Abigail Wilson, Clare Bosman, Tamika Bostock, Amelia Leard and Jess Luchetti.

More than a handful of Lithgow hockey players, including half of the Lithgow open women’s team, have been selected for New South Wales squads after they played at the Open State Championships held on the June long weekend at Moorebank.

Three players from the Lithgow open women’s hockey team have been selected for the NSW’s squad in the Australian Hockey League. Andrea Gillard, Rene Hunter and Abigail Wilson will make up the squad with 30 other players. 

From this group the NSW Arrows team will be selected to compete at the Australian Hockey League in Perth between September 28 and October 8. The final team will be announced on August 24.

“They have all done very well,” said Leanne Bowman, manager of the Lithgow open women’s hockey team. 

“All three of them made it to the team last year.”

GOING NATIONAL: Zig Zag's Lachlan Sharp was named in the first round of selections for the National Development Squad last week.

GOING NATIONAL: Zig Zag's Lachlan Sharp was named in the first round of selections for the National Development Squad last week.

National head coaches will be present at the league in Perth to select players for the national development squad. 

Lachlan Sharp, who played for Sydney North West in the state championships, has also been selected for the NSW Waratah men’s team. 

The Zig Zag forward found out last week he has also been chosen for the 2017 National Development Squad.

Zig Zag manager Brian Kelly, who attended the State Championships, said Lachlan made an impression at the tournament.

“I watched him play all last weekend. He played very well in every game,” Mr Kelly said. 

“He was strong on the stick and I didn’t know he’d actually been sick.”

CHAMPION: Amelia Leard of the Lithgow Panthers was selected for the NSW country women's team.

CHAMPION: Amelia Leard of the Lithgow Panthers was selected for the NSW country women's team.

Clare Bosman, Tamika Bostock, Amelia Leard and Jess Luchetti were selected for the NSW women’s country team to play at the Country Championships in Townsville on August 11 to 19. 

STRIKE: Zig Zag's Luke Sheppeard was selected for the NSW country men's team.

STRIKE: Zig Zag's Luke Sheppeard was selected for the NSW country men's team.

Lithgow’s Nicholas Milne, Luke Sheppeard and David Reid were selected for the country men’s team.

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