The WRAS program provides high performance coaching and training opportunities to up-skill athletes and assist them in progressing to higher representation within the sport of hockey.

The WRAS hockey program is endorsed by Hockey NSW as the underpinning development pathway for the Hockey NSW Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP).

The program sits between local representative hockey and higher order representation such as NSW state country team selection and AAP selection.

The 2023 hockey program will run from October 2022 to April 2023. Nominations for the 2023 Hockey Program are now open, nominations will close 9am Thursday 25 August.

Nominations for the 2023 Hockey Program are now open. Please read the Hockey Background information before submitting a nomination here

Nominations will close 9am Thursday 25 August.

To be eligible for selection in the 2023 program athletes must:

  • be turning 16, 17 or 18 years old in 2023
  • be living or attending school in the WRAS catchment area
  • be a current financial member of their local association and Hockey NSW
  • submit a nomination form before the closing date
  • attend the scheduled trial day

The following selection criteria may be taken into consideration during the selection process:

  • Physical attributes and capabilities
  • Technical competence
  • Tactical awareness
  • Potential to improve
  • Competitive ability
  • Individual application
  • Performance and results at specific events
  • Coachability and behaviour
  • Intensive training sessions by local elite coaches
  • Skill development
  • Inter-Academy Development camps
  • Injury prevention screenings and strength and conditioning training programs
  • Sports science fitness testing
  • Educational seminars

Opportunities to compete in elite events such as the Your Local Club Academy Games


Head Coach: Kent Bestwick (Bathurst)

Assistant Coach: Neil Howard (Bathurst)

Apprentice Coach: Emily Gould (Orange)

Manager: Ian McAlister (Orange)

Molly Brown (Dubbo)
Addison Chapman (Orange)
Jessika Day- Stephen (Bathurst)
Paige Duncan (Parkes)
Amelia Heath (Orange)
Harriet Lowe (Bathurst)
Cait Maguire (Orange)
Clare Mawhood (Oberon)
Maddy McLean (Lithgow)
Jordan Moody (Parkes)
Molly Orr (Parkes)
Eva Price (Blayney)
Chloe Robertson (Cowra)
Phoebe Smith (Cowra)
Meg Turner (Parkes)
Pip Webb (O’Connell)
Giaan Willott (Bathurst)
Hayley Willott (Bathurst)

Oliver Bestwick (Bathurst)
Oliver Brown (Dubbo)
Angus Coddington (Dubbo)
Ryan Dunford (Gunningbland)
Jackson Essex (Orange)
Kane Macfarlane (Dubbo)
Charlie Manuel (Orange)
Ruben Martin-Clark (Bathurst)
Ashton McDonald (Wallerawang)
Liam Moody (Parkes)
Deklin Unsworth (Lidsdale)