Bundaberg's Rebecca Greiner, in action for Australia, has been picked in the national junior squad.
Bundaberg's Rebecca Greiner, in action for Australia, has been picked in the national junior squad. Click in Focus

Greiner makes junior Aussie squad

HOCKEY: Bundaberg's Rebecca Greiner is on track to compete for the Jillaroos at the next youth World Cup in 2020.

The talented teenager has been selected in the women's national squad, which focuses on preparing for the Cup.

The former St Luke's student has been selected as one the five Queenslanders among the 24 players

The selection follows her performance with the Jillaroos at the junior World Cup in Chile last year.

Greiner helped the side win bronze at the event with a 3-1 victory in a penalty shootout against Spain.

Hockey Australia's national talent pathway manager Michael Crooks said Greiner was part of a team that could shape the future of the Kookaburras.

"We have selected 24 athletes who we believe will be the next generation of high performance hockey athletes in Australia,” Crooks said.

"Changes to this squad may be made once the development squad and high performance program squads are re-set following on from the Australian Hockey League.”

The focus of the squad is to help athletes progress from where they are now to the highest level in the sport.

Greiner's selection comes after she also played for the University of Queensland in the Brisbane Women's Hockey League this season.

The 18-year-old, who is based in the capital city while she studies at university, has played eight games this season, scoring three goals.

This included a goal in the team's final match of the regular season two weeks ago. They finished fourth in the league as a result.

The side plays St Andrews in this week's semi-finals.

Greiner will be hoping to play well and be selected for the Queensland Scorchers when they compete in the AHL later this year.



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