Overseas tour success for Albany hockey stars

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Albany hockey stars Renae Parsons and Georgie Powis have helped the Australian Women’s Country team go through their recent tour of Vietnam and Hong Kong undefeated as the pair pulled on the national colours for the second time.

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association duo had vastly different build-ups to earn selection on the overseas tour, with Parsons selected after overcoming a nasty head injury and through her form on the Australian Women’s Country tour in 2015, while Powis was called-up as an injury replacement in the representative side back in December.

The Australian Women’s Country team, known as the Wattles, beat Singapore team Crescent in their match-up in Vietnam before playing five games in six days against premier teams in Hong Kong. The Wattles won every game on the tour and such was their dominance, they didn’t concede one goal across the two-week trip, which concluded in mid-April.

Manypeaks’ Parsons toured Singapore and Malaysia with the Wattles in 2015 and Powis made the trip to New Zealand with the Wattles in 2016, but the close friends said it was special to travel away and play for their country together.

“I’m glad we got to go together, Powis said.

“It was a great atmosphere to be a part of, and so professional.”

Powis played as a defender in the tour with the capacity to push up and create, while Parsons’ role was a link player between defence and midfield and she was rewarded with being named the players’ player of the tour.

“Everyone was so even, they have all played at a high level,” Parsons said.

“It was a very team-orientated group of girls.”

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