Bunbury players picked for 2019 Hockey WA Women and Men's Country teams

Back in action: Towns South's Katie Ernst and Renata Wilson will represent WA's Women's Country Team later this year. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Back in action: Towns South's Katie Ernst and Renata Wilson will represent WA's Women's Country Team later this year. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Ten of the South-West's best hockey players will travel across the country and represent the state next month.

Renata Wilson, Katie Ernst, and Dee-Jay Hands will play for Hockey WA's Women's Country Team in the 2019 Australian Country Championships.

The trio will join others from around WA in Shepparton, Victoria, from August 3 to 11.

Led by coach Tenille Harrington, the side will contend with some of Australia's top regional players.

Wilson said she was eagerly looking forward to her first national competition.

"It is an amazing thing, I'm pretty stoked," she said.

"As a Kiwi, I will be representing New Zealand and Western Australia simultaneously. I really want to try my best, play well, and have a bit of fun.

"Hockey is an amazing sport to participate in. Women's hockey in Australia is currently thriving."

Ernst is training tirelessly ahead of her third national event.

"I feel honoured to represent Western Australia," she said.

"I want to play well and get to the Gold Medal match. Win or lose, however, we're still going to have some fun."

Jarrod Booth, Logan Burgemeister, Brayden Dalton, Alby Lawrence, Logan Pilatti, Ethan Smithall, and Christopher Wyatt were all picked for the state's men's side.

Bunbury's Cory Letts was recently reinstated as coach.

All 10 players were selected based on their efforts in the 2019 CBH Group Country Championships back in June.

The players are currently raising funds in the lead-up to the tournament.