Harvie called up for Kookaburra final
Rising South West hockey star Jake Harvie has earned a re-call to the Australian team for the upcoming FIH Men’s World League Final in Bhubaneswar next week.
The 19-year-old former Boyanup Hockey Club star, who made his debut for the Kookaburras earlier this month, has been re-called to the side alongside Lachlan Sharp as injury replacements for Sydney brothers Ben Craig (finger) and Tom Craig (hamstring).
This gives Harvie the opportunity to add to his six appearances for Australia.
Kookaburras head coach Colin Batch said it was disappointing for Ben and Tom to miss out as both had been building towards the World League Final, but it represents a great opportunity for Lachlan and Jake.
“Ben has a fracture in his finger and while he won’t need surgery, he’s been ruled out,” he said.
“Tom is still experiencing some soreness from a hamstring injury, so he needs to focus on his rehabilitation to be fully fit for next year.
“Lachlan has been on our radar for a while having impressed during the National Development Squad’s European tour earlier this year and last year’s Junior World Cup.
“Jake’s selection builds on his recent performances where he impressed at the International Festival of Hockey.
“We feel both can handle this opportunity and we’re excited to give them this chance.”
The Kookaburras will depart for the World League Final on Saturday, with the side’s first game against India on December 1.
Australia are grouped against India, Germany and England in Pool B.
The tournaments runs from December 1 to 10.
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