Good Luck for the Junior Country Championships

May 15, 2023

The Geelong Hockey Association will be well represented at the 2023 Victorian Junior Country Championships on May 20 & 21.

Thanks to some excellent organisation and lots of keen players, we have 6 GHA teams entered in the Championships, with 83 players in total participating.  We are are also very fortunate to have, and very appreciative of, many members who have volunteered to act as team coaches and team managers.

The 2022 JCC saw Geelong Hockey Association unable to field teams in the U15 Boys and the U18 Girls competitions, so it is very pleasing to see the enthusiasm from players and officials for the 2023 tournament.

The tournament provides the opportunity for all junior players in Geelong to represent our Association, and to experience the challenge of playing against teams from all over Victoria. The 2022 Championships saw our teams return with 3 Silver Medals, which will give the players and coaches some confidence in approaching the 2023 Championships.

Thanks to Gavin van der Meer and his team for the fantastic organisation and the many hours of work put into this event. Congratulations and thanks to all the participants and good luck!


  • U13 Girls – Essendon Hockey Centre
    Coach: Kate Allan
    Team Manager: Melissa Byrne Assistant: Kane Maloney
    Isabella Bradbury, Audrey Cleeland, Scarlett Madner, Frankie Maloney, Ivy Renouf, Amber Steiner, Maia Burch, Lucy Anderson, Poppy Cunningham, Matilda Morgan, Alexandra Collis, Pollyanna Smith, Lily Sayer, Ellen Batchelor.


  • U13 Boys – Essendon Hockey Centre
    Coach: Sarah Young
    Team Manager: Kane Maloney
    William Burch, Archer Chappell, Markus Kelly, Mitchell Lefebure, Charlie Maloney, Ved Shetty, Riley Shields, Jacob Young, Alexander Brondou, Liam Dargue, Jacob Dargue, Toby Warne, Charlie White, Zac Wingert.


  • U15 Girls – Greensborough Hockey Centre
    Coach: Gavin Van Der Meer Assistant Coach: Rachel Moon
    Team Manager – Carly Storr Assistant: Andrea Van Der Meer
    Charlotte Baker, Isabel Baker, Charlotte Cleeland, Ruby Moon, Amelia Shell, Aimée Van Der Meer, Madison Young, Winter Zumpe, Zoe Sykes, Charlotte McGree, Sienna Clatworthy, Chloe Laidlaw.


  • U15 Boys – Greensborough Hockey Centre
    Coach: Jane Burch
    Team Managers: Michelle and Rhyce Harding
    Angus Borschmann, Surry Burch, Leo De Leiros, Brandon Firth, Nate Harding, Lucas Kelly, Harry Sheedy, Olivier Suntjens, Pepijn Suntjens, Monty Bowman, Hamish Flett, Noah Skendos, Campbell Batchelor, Harry Julian, William Sayer.


  • U18 Girls – Melbourne Sports Centre – Parkville
    Coach: Darlene Armstrong Assistant Coach: Isaac Saunders
    Team Manager: Marion Lorenzen
    Grace Milne, Kayla Murphy, Peri Saunders, Matilda Whelan, Georgia Pritchard, Odile Roberts, Rachel Kenny, Jess Conder, Fionn Zele, Mai Lorenzen, Anya Dreyer, Serena Cunningham, Eliza Vague, Ava Doolan.


  • U18 Boys – Melbourne Sports Centre – Parkville
    Coach: Darren Bradbury
    Assistant Coach / Manager: Rohan Whelan Manager: Ashley Quick
    Oliver Ayerbe, Angus Ayerbe, Harry Bradbury, Jack Burke, Phillip Dreyer, Tucker Kooloos, Mitchell Quick, Luke Cazaly, Luca Lorenzen, Harry Whelan, Liam Cooper, Max Lee, Declan Smith, Tom Emery.


Note:  there is no local GHA competition on this weekend (May 20 & 21) for U8, U14 and U17 teams. However, U10 and U12 teams still have matches as per the fixture. Players in U8, U10 and U12 are encouraged to attend the Hockey Geelong Sharks Skills Clinic on May 20, from 10.15 to 11.00 am at Stead Park.


Photos below: 2022 JCC teams