Esperance Hockey Association said Hockey WA’s announcement that player Alli McArthur had been selected for the 2018 WA Women’s Country Team came as no surprise.
The 19-year-old is one of 16 to have been selected to represent the state at this year’s national tournament in South Australia.
Hockey Association secretary Justine McDonald said Ms McArthur was a huge asset to the association.
“Alli is a huge asset to us,” she said.
“She coaches two junior teams, she umpires, she attends every busy bee that we hold and all of our Association meetings.
“She has been a part of our carnivals for as long as I can remember.
“It’s really no surprise to us that she has been selected - she’s a fantastic player, a clean player and lovely to play with and against.
“She’s not one to boast about it either, she just takes it in her stride.
“She is an all round fantastic sportsperson, we’re very proud and we’ll be watching the games closely.”
Having played hockey for more than a decade, Ms McArthur said the sport had became a big part of her life.
“I’ve played in the under 15 state team and at the moment I coach two teams, play and umpire – it’s become a pretty big part of my life,” she said.
“I was pretty excited when I found out and not really expecting it.
“The selectors watch you at Country Week and I didn’t really think about it too much – I was just out there having fun.
“I’ve just played pretty casually and just jump at opportunities when they arise.”
With less than a fortnight until the first game, Ms McArthur said she believed the nerves would creep in as the tournament approached.
“I got just under four weeks notice so I’ve not had too much time to think about it,” she said.
“I’m sure I’ll start getting nervous soon.
“It’s great and I think opportunities like this are important, especially for young people.
“We’ve had two players make the state team last year and I think it's important for our Association.”
This year’s national tournament will take place in Berri, South Australia, from Friday, August 3 until August 11.
The team is set to open this year’s tournament with a game against Queensland.