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 2020 hockey program will run from November 2019 to April 2020 with program trials to be held Sunday 8 September 2019. Athletes will graduate from the program at the 2020 Presentation Night in August.


Head Coach – Kent Bestwick (Bathurst)
Assistant Coach –
Assistant Coach –
Goal Keeper Coach –
Manager –

Nominations for the 2020 hockey program will open Thursday 25 July 2019.

To be eligible for selection in the 2020 program athletes must:

  • be turning 16, 17 or 18 years old in 2020
  • 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


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)