The Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) held their first squad training day of the season, at the Bathurst Hockey Centre on Sunday.
Athletes were treated to the beep test, functional movement and sprint testing before a hockey training session with coaches.
WRAS head coach Shane Conroy said the session is a good learning curve for both coaches and players.
“Our first session is a learning experience to see where players are at with their skills and development,” Conroy said.
“It’s also a good chance for the guys to get to know each other and for WRAS to help build-up the individuals.
“We’ll be running them through basic hockey skills and we’ll be able to get a look at where they’re at.”
Coaches from Bathurst [Conroy and Ian McAlister], Dubbo [Gavin Weeks] and Orange [Ales Said] were on hand to get an understanding of the player’s skills and abilities.
Conroy said the players on show are “fantastic”.
“There’s a heap of talent on offer and we’ll keep building off their current skills,” he said.
Bathurst had their very own representation in the squad – Tirah Jarvis, Tyler Willot and Anna Cartwright – amongst a host of talented hockey players from Cowra, Dubbo, Lithgow, Orange and Parkes.
This is hockey’s first year back, after a short hiatus.