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The 2017/18 Hockey Program has finished. Please keep an eye on this page for information on the 2018/19 Program. 


Head coaches: Ben Brown & Sally Schmidt

Manager: Jo Wilson


The Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) hockey program plays a vital role in the Hockey NSW pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young hockey players.


The HAS hockey program forms an underpinning program for the Hockey NSW Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP) that can see athletes progress through the athlete pathway and be given the support they need to progress to the next level. Members of the squad will be exposed to expert coaching services, and sport specific education in areas such as, physiotherapy and nutrition.


Athlete Eligibility Criteria

  • 16-18 year olds (born in 2002, 2001 or 2000)
  • Not a scholarship holder in the Hockey NSW AAP for the same term
  • Selected based on the Academy’s defined local government boundaries (HAS accepts athletes outside of our LGAs if your Academy is not offering a program)
  • Must reside and/or go to school or play, in these areas to qualify for selection. With residential being the primary selection criteria.
  • All athletes are to be registered Hockey NSW athletes with an Association in NSW being the primary Association as at July 01
  • Athletes can only be scholarship holders in one Academy and the scholarships are based on an annual basis.


Athlete Benefits

The following benefits will apply to those selected in the hockey program:

  • Over 30 hours of skill development
  • Minimum 6 hours of athlete education including Nutrition and Sport Psychology
  • Fitness testing/strength and conditioning program 
  • Targeted Goal Keeper coaching
  • ClubsNSW Academy Games (inter regional academy competition)
  • Inter-Academy training days/camps



A program levy will be applicable to successful athletes and a uniform levy will also be applicable (inc. GST).


The 2017/18 Girls Hockey Squad

Jamie Balding-Little
Lily Burgmann
Bianca Cheetham
Grace Coleman
Natalie Cox
Laura Dean
Georgia Ferguson
Stacia Handscomb
Sophie Hartcher
Isla Hartigan
Ella Hewat
Abbie Jenner
Asha Niddrie
jane purcell
Grace Rinkin
Tara Slattery
Skye Vaughan
Baillie Wheatley
Maddison Willson


The 2017/18 Boys Hockey Squad


Samuel Brisby
Tarryn Collison-Marsh
Ronan Cornell
Connor Dewbery
Bradley Fletcher
Charles  Gilkes
John Gudgeon
Griffin Hearn
Callum  Howard
Lachlan Jackson
Sean Johnston
Jesse  Knight
Lucas McLeod
Lachlan  Mills
Billy Milne
Dylan Murphy 
Christopher Murray
Krishna Nagarajan
Philip Ritter
Bradley Smith
Jack Warren
Emmerson Weiley
Jamie Whatman


Enquire HERE for next year's program. 



2017 ClubsNSW Academy Games, Central Coast