Macarthur hockey pair picked for NSW Pride

Two Macarthur residents are set to feature in an explosive new hockey competition.

Courtney Schonnell and Nathaneal Stewart have been picked to represent NSW Pride in the revamped Hockey One League.

Hockey One is the new domestic competition run by Hockey Australia and will include some of the nation's top male and female talent.

NSW Pride is one of seven squads included in the league alongside Adelaide Fire, Brisbane Blaze, Canberra Chill, Hockey Club Melbourne, Perth Thundersticks and Tassie Tigers.

Narellan Vale's Schonnell, 18, said she was excited to be picked for NSW Pride.

"It's an honour to be picked as one of the best 30 athletes in NSW," she said.

"I'm excited to train hard and do the best to help the squad be great."

Hockey One will kick off in September. Men's and women's teams will compete in double headers at the same venues each week.

Games will be streamed on Kayo Sports and the finals televised live on Fox Sports.

NSW Pride will play home matches at the Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, which will be nicknamed "The Lion's Den".

Schonnell said the league would provide a great boost for the hockey community.

"I think it will help the hockey world get more noticed, compared to other sports," she said.

"It will also people increase people's knowledge of the game."

Hockey NSW chief executive officer David Thompson said the NSW Pride logo and colours were inspired by the state's flag.

"The name Pride evokes a feeling of community, strength and fierceness," he said.

"A lion's pride is a close-knite group where all are welcome to join and share their passion for hockey together."

Thompson said Hockey One would be an "exciting endeavour for our sport" and receive great coverage.

"NSW has had a proud and successful history over many years in our top competitions," he said.

"We hope the NSW Pride will continue this tradition."