Family take pride in Tambellup product Penny Squibb’s Hockeyroos dream

Bridget LacyThe West Australian
Hockeyroos teammates Georgia Wilson, left, and Penny Squibb.
Camera IconHockeyroos teammates Georgia Wilson, left, and Penny Squibb. Credit: Nic Ellis

There will be a serious Tambellup flavour at Perth Hockey Stadium tomorrow night when Penny Squibb runs out in front of family and friends for the first time as a Hockeyroo.

“Basically the whole family, mum, dad, brother and sister, grandma, aunties, uncles, cousins, I think there is quite a few coming up, potentially around 25 or so family,” Squibb said.

“They’ve seen me play club and seen me play State stuff so this will be the first time that anyone has seen me play international so that will be pretty special.

“A country kid playing in your own State, it’s always a dream, I guess.”

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Squibb, 26, has taken the road less travelled to get to this point but it has made the moment no less satisfying.

The defender was on the periphery of the national team as a member of the development squad for about five years before she was picked for her debut at the Champions Trophy in China in November.

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Now she has her first chance to strut her stuff with her nearest and dearest on hand as the world No.3 Australian women take on world No.2 Great Britain in their fifth Pro League match.

“I was always in and around the squad and I was always perceived as being good enough to train but then to take that next step into the squad was the challenge for me,” Squibb said.

“To finally get given that go at Champions last year was more of a sigh of relief that I was getting given a chance.

“Then it was also like a reality check of ‘all right, you’ve done all the hard work, now the hard work again starts to try and perform’.

“I never lost the love to play hockey and I guess that’s one thing my parents have always said: ‘As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, you can continue doing it’.”

Squibb and Georgia Wilson, who has fought back from a knee reconstruction, make it two West Australians on the pitch for the Hockeyroos for the first time in a while.

Squibb is one of four inclusions, alongside Georgina Morgan for her first time as co-captain, while Jodie Kenny (quad) and Madison Fitzpatrick (ankle) couldn’t be considered.

The Kookaburras play the earlier match, also against Great Britain, with Trent Mitton’s inclusion making it four WA players for the world No.2 men.

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