Dream to represent realised

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Albany’s Georgie Powis and Charlotte Edwards in their Australian Country team uniforms.
Camera IconAlbany’s Georgie Powis and Charlotte Edwards in their Australian Country team uniforms. Credit: Marisa Edwards

Rising Albany hockey star Charlotte Edwards has soaked up the experience of playing for Australia on an international tour, pulling on the green and gold in Borneo this month.

Edwards’ childhood dream of playing hockey for Australia was realised when she represented the national under-21 country side.

The selection came after starring for WA at the Australian Country Hockey Championships in Shepparton last year.

Charlotte Edwards takes control of the ball.
Camera IconCharlotte Edwards takes control of the ball. Credit: Michael Nelson

Edwards played every game in her regular position as fullback after her Australian side lost their other fullback to injury.

Albany’s Georgie Powis was also part of the tour, as team manager for the under-21 squad.

The Australian under-21 country side had some success in their trip, recording four wins and two draws from seven games.

Australia recorded a resounding 6-1 win against Sabah Sports School as temperatures reached above 45C on the pitch.

Australian players lined up shaking hands with their opponents.
Camera IconAustralian players lined up shaking hands with their opponents. Credit: Michael Nelson

In game two, Australia drew 1-1 draw against a Sabah State team and then lost a rematch game 3-4.

Struggling to adjust to the searing heat and a number of injuries made life tough for the touring Australians.

Australia defeated the under-18 Sarawak team 3-1 in Kuala Lumpur before registering a 3-0 win over a Sarawak senior women’s side.

Charlotte Edwards, second from right, with fellow WA players.
Camera IconCharlotte Edwards, second from right, with fellow WA players. Credit: Michael Nelson

Australia finished their tour on a high as they notched a 3-1 win over the Malaysian under-18 development squad before a 2-2 draw with the Malaysian national under-21 team, where Edwards was named player of the match.

Edwards joined Albany players Heath Cremasco (2018), Georgie Powis (2016) and Renae Parsons (2015), who have all played on the Australian country hockey team in the past.

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