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 2019 hockey program will run from November 2018 to April 2019 with program trials to be held in September 2018. Athletes will graduate from the program at the 2019 Presentation Night in August.

Nominations for the 2019 hockey program have now closed.

To register your details for the 2020 program please contact the WRAS office.

To be eligible for selection in the 2019 program athletes must:

  • be born in 2001, 2002 or 2003
  • 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 and attend one of the scheduled trial days

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
  • Strength and conditioning/Injury prevention screenings and 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 – Ian McAlister (Orange)
Assistant Coach – Daryl Frost (Orange)
Goal Keeper Coach – Kate Nolan (Dubbo)
Apprentice Coach – Tirah Jarvis (Bathurst)
Apprentice Goal Keeper Coach – Lachlan Martin (Bathurst)
Manager – TBA

Boys Squad
Zane Anderson (Wallerawang)
Declan Daley (Parkes)
Conor Dwarte (Dubbo)
Jack Erskine (Dubbo)
Hugo Fenton (Grenfell)
Bailey Ferguson (Orange)
Kallum Jenkins (Lithgow)
Nicholas Job (Parkes)
Tom Luchetti (Lithgow)
James Luck (Lithgow)
Logan McManus (Lithgow)
Evan McMullen (Dubbo)
Taunui Pakinga (Orange)
Joe Priest (Orange)
Andre Rossitt (Bathurst)
Trent Simpson (Bathurst)
Mitchell Thompson (Lithgow)
Harry Unsworth (Lithgow)
Benjamin Watson-Tauaalo (Bathurst)
Trent Wilde (Orange)

Girls Squad
Shakaya Bott (Lithgow)
Laura Cockerill (Canberra)
Alexandra Cook (Orange)
Tayla Deveigne (Lithgow)
Bridget Ellis (Bathurst)
Kirsten Fitzpatrick (Bathurst)
Isobel Fitzpatrick (Bathurst)
Emily Gould (Orange)
Amy Hampton (Orange)
Charlotte Heath (Orange)
Shona Jarvis (Bathurst)
Belinda Kidd (Bathurst)
Kimberly Kiel (Orange)
Keely Laffin (Molong)
Matilda McDonald (Bathurst)
Brooke Pilcher (Dubbo)
Jessica Purtell (Narromine)
Eloisa Purtell (Narromine)
Emmie Searl (Parkes)
Mackenzie Stewart (Wallerawang)
Katelyn Tink (Dubbo)
Sally Uttley (Milthorp)
Haidee Watson (Orange)