KINROSS-CYMS goalkeeper Amy Symons will make her Australian Country debut in December after receiving the call-up from selectors last month.
A stand-out shot blocker in the women’s Premier League Hockey competition, the 21-year-old was a member of Orange’s side to compete at the 2013 NSW Hockey Open Women’s State Championship at Narellan.
The Pete Shea-coached outfit narrowly missed out on a place in the division two semi-finals, but the team’s mentor was glowing in his endorsement of his goalkeeper in the four games Orange played.
Prior to the competition, Symons put her hand up for state selection.
It didn’t eventuate after the June long weekend tournament, but some three-and-a-half months later the Orange product is now in-line to be guarding goals for Australian Country’s under 21s in Fiji in December.
It’ll be the first time Symons has ventured overseas and she couldn’t contain her excitement after receiving the news.
“They rang me up and said there was an opportunity there because someone pulled out and they asked me if I’d be interested. I was pretty excited. It’s my first Australian team,” Symons said.
The Australian Country team will have a strong Central West presence.
Sarah Watterson is a star with Bathurst Souths in the women’s PLH competition, as are Kelsey Willott and Andrea Seymour with Bathurst City.
Lithgow Zig Zag’s Emily Williams is also set to tour Fiji.
That quartet was selected following the conclusion of the Australian Country Championships in August and as a result have been in the thick of the hockey action well after the women’s PLH season completed.
Symons, though, has been out of the game for the last five weeks as Kinross-CYMS bowed out of semi-final contention with a final round 2-1 loss to Parkes.
“I’m training for a different sport at the moment, but I might have to put that aside and get in contact with my coach,” Symons said.
“I’ve haven’t really done much hockey training at all.”
The under 21s women’s team will travel to Fiji from December 15 to 22 for matches against the Fiji under 21s and senior national teams.
The men’s under 21s side will tour at the same time.