Geraldton mix wise heads with young stars in quest for country week success

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Geraldton's Camryn McKoy with the ball, and teammate Jess Giudice-Nairn in the background.
Camera IconGeraldton's Camryn McKoy with the ball, and teammate Jess Giudice-Nairn in the background. Credit: Emma Bowen/Geraldton Hockey Association

There will be no women’s hockey this weekend as the best Geraldton has to offer will be down in Perth for the 2023 CBH Women’s Country Championships.

The tournament, played across June 16-18, will feature five divisions, plus two masters grades with more than 50 country teams to be represented.

Geraldton will be sending four teams competing across divisions one and two and the two masters grades.

Geraldton will face a tough group in the first division with defending champions Bunbury the favourites once again along with Upper Great Southern and Lower Great Southern Association sides.

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Geraldton’s hopes will hinge largely on their first day, with their morning clash with the LGSHA effectively a must-win to keep their hopes alive into a second day.

Veteran Dirranie Kirby headlines the side just a month after her Trans Tasman Masters success captaining Australia while at the other end, junior girls MVP Alyssa Piper will be a key threat.

Fellow 2022 junior all-stars Lailah Bellottie, Camryn McKoy, Eleasha Donovan, Shakaia Cocker and Jenna Butson will join Piper with Geraldton opting for a mix of young stars to build off their experienced leaders.

You can watch all the action from field one, live and exclusive every day, at Streamer.com.au.

Divison 1 side

Coach: Paul Valenti

Dirranie Kirby (GK)

Lauren Newman

Holly Stubberfield

Camryn McKoy

Eleasha Donovan

Emma Bowen

Sienna Norgett

Brooke Elward

Lailah Bellottie

Alyssa Piper

Jasmyne Paull

Jorja Pike

Meg Cinnani

Charlotte Marquis

Caitlin Mundy

Nell Eastough

Shakaia Cocker

Jenna Butson

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