BORDER hockey’s Dom Wild has been selected in the Australian Country team despite not playing at the national championships.
Wild snapped two ligaments in his ankle and partially tore another playing for the Spitfires earlier in the year.
The road to recovery has been slow and not without some twists and turns for the 20- year-old apprentice electrician and ruled him out of the Vic- torian country titles and then the nationals in Perth last week.
It’s the fourth time Wild has been selected in the under-21 squad, his first cap as a 17-year-old.
“I think I’m grateful more than anything,” he said.
“I wanted to be part of the national titles, part of this team again but then I hurt the ankle just before the Victorian country championships.
“I was just running, jogging really, in the middle of the park, no one near me and just rolled the ankle — it clunked and grinded but fortunately didn’t need surgery.
“The coaches of Victorian Country phoned to see if I could play at the nationals but that was out of the question too but then the national coach wanted to know if I was available for the tournament in Fiji later in the year and it all went from there.”
Wild said the national side won gold at the Oceania-Pacific Cup last year.
“But I’ll just focus on getting myself right for the tournament in December,” he said.
“At the moment I’m working on recovery — using the pool as much as I can.”