Divall headlining central west group bound for higher honours

MOVING FORWARD: Confederates star Rach Divall has been named in the NSW AHL squad. Photo: NICK McGRATH
MOVING FORWARD: Confederates star Rach Divall has been named in the NSW AHL squad. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Headlined by Confederates star Rach Divall’s selection in NSW’s Australian Hockey League squad, four of Orange’s best have earned higher honours following the 2017 state championships.

Divall is one of six central west guns in the 33-strong Arrows squad, a group which also includes Parkes-born Hockeyroo Mariah Williams.

Bathurst’s Tamsin Bunt and Jess Watterson were also named, along with Lithgow guns Abby Wilson, Andy Gillard and Rene Hunter.

Orange product Nick Hill, now playing in Newcastle, was named in the Waratahs’ AHL squad.

Parkes’ Kurt Lovett made the cut too.

Two Orange Wanderers earned NSW Country selection, again, as well. Mick Dillon and Nic Milne return to the Country set-up, as does Bathurst St Pat’s Riley Hanrahan, who played with Orange at the state titles.

Lithgow’s David Reid and Luke Sheppeard were also named there.

None of Orange’s division three-winning side was named in the women’s NSW Country squad, however the central west still makes up almost 50 per cent of it.

Of the 17, seven are from the western region.

Lithgow quartet Clare Bosman, Tamika Bostock, Amelia Leard and Jess Luchetti are joined by Bathurst’s Madie Tattersall, Sarah Watterson and Kelsey Willott.