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Hockeyroos bring in new faces for home series vs Argentina

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[img_assist|nid=1261|title=|desc=Renee Trost returns to the Hockeyroos after a three-year absence|link=popup|align=left|width=300|height=200]The Hockeyroos continue to expose more new players to world champions Argentinia in the build up to the 2012 London Olympics with a home series in Canberra and Sydney in early April.

Having debuted eight new players only a month ago, four new players will get their first taste of international hockey during the first series of matches in Canberra with Elizabeth Duguid (NT), Jacklyn McRae (NSW), Sally O’Toole (QLD) and Hollie Webster (NSW) all picked to make their debuts. 

The Canberra series will also see the return of key defender Teneal Attard after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (knee)  injury only last September at the 2010 World Cup. Former Hockeyroos Holly Evans and Renee Trost, who has not been part of the Hockeyroos squad since being an emergency at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will also make a return to international hockey at the Canberra series.

The Hockeyroos will be looking to continue their recent good form over Argentina in which they defeated the world number one team in the final of the Mendoza Four Nations tournament on Argentinian soil in mid-February.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said exposing even more players to the world’s best team in such a short period is a crucial aspect of the team’s preparation for the London Olympics.   

“After a successful tour of Argentina, we will continue the theme of exposing as many players as possible to international competition in the early stages of our preparation towards London. It is our intention to have an open selection policy during this phase so we can observe the different dynamics and combinations that are available to the Hockeyroos,” said Commens.  

Commens said all four of the debutants deserved their opportunity after impressing during recent matches with Australia A and at the Hockeyroos training camp earlier this year.

“Webster did very well at the recent matches for Australia A against France and also at the training camp. We targeted giving her an opportunity in the first half of this year. Dugrid has really impressed with her goalkeeping for Australia A and we obviously rate Sally O’Toole quite highly after offering her an AIS scholarship earlier in the year. Jackie McRae has been a consistent performer for some time now for both Australia A and NSW and we felt that she deserved her chance at the international level,” said Commens. 

Commens said this series would be an important stepping stone in Attard’s recovery from what was her third ACL injury.

“It’s good to have Teneal back in the squad. It’s important to note that we will need to assess her physical ability for her to maintain her standard at the international level. For her the next six months will be about consolidating her spot moving forward,” said Commens. 

Commens also noted his delight in seeing veteran Renee Trost work her way back into the team after not being involved in the international program for almost three years.

“She is an outstanding athlete who is physically superior and has a high aerobic capacity, something which was evident during the training camp earlier in the year. We wanted to see how she went at the next level and she will be given her chance during these matches,” said Commens.

For the Sydney leg of the Hockeyroos series, there will be a number of further changes, with a squad of 20 players selected. Kate Jenner will re-join the squad from injury, as will Jade Warrender, Kandice Olivieri, Bianca Greenshields, Rachael Lynch and Jill Dwyer.

“This selection further highlights our policy of exploring new combinations as we attempt to find the right balance between youth and experience, speed and aerobic power, playmaking ability and solid tactical play,” said Commens.

An Australia A side will also travel to Canberra to take on both the Hockeyroos and Argentina in order to create more depth in the national program. This sees Hockeyroo Emily Hurtz return from injury for the first time since dislocating her shoulder at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and will also see national squad members Jill Dwyer, Bianca Greenshields, Kate Jenner, Heather Langham, Rachael Lynch, Georgia Nanscawen, Kandice Olivieri and Jade Warrender compete for Australia A in Canberra. Development squad members such as Kate Hollywood, Stacia Joseph, Elise Stacy and Ashlee Wells will also compete for Australia A in these matches.

SERIES DETAILS
Hockeyroos v Argentina
CANBERRA SERIES – All matches played at National Hockey Centre – Lyneham
Australia A v Argentina
6pm
Friday 1 April

Hockeyroos v Argentina
5pm
Saturday 2 April

Hockeyroos v Australia A
4pm
Sunday 3 April

Australia A v Argentina
2pm
Monday 4 April

Hockeyroos v Argentina
7pm
Tuesday 5 April

SYDNEY SERIES – All matches played at Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre

Hockeyroos v Argentina
7pm
Friday 8 April

Hockeyroos v Argentina
4pm
Saturday 9 April

Hockeyroos Squad (Canberra Series)

Name

State

Int Games

Teneal Attard

QLD

115

Madonna Blyth

QLD

189

Fiona Boyce

WA

49

Jade Close

NSW

13

Toni Cronk

NSW

88

Elizabeth Duguid

NT

0

Casey Eastham

NSW

105

Holly Evans

SA

3

Marnie Hudson

QLD

8

Kobie McGurk

WA

129

Jacklyn McRae

NSW

0

Ashleigh Nelson

WA

71

Sally O’Toole

QLD

0

Jodie Schulz

QLD

8

Jayde Taylor

WA

30

Renee Trost

VIC

25

Hollie Webster

NSW

0

Kellie White

NSW

8

 

Hockeyroos Squad (Sydney Series)

Name

State

Int Games

Teneal Attard

QLD

115

Madonna Blyth

QLD

189

Fiona Boyce

WA

49

Jade Close

NSW

13

Toni Cronk

NSW

88

Jill Dwyer

QLD

3

Casey Eastham

NSW

105

Holly Evans

SA

3

Bianca Greenshields

SA

2

Marnie Hudson

QLD

8

Kate Jenner

NSW

21

Rachael Lynch

VIC

54

Kobie McGurk

WA

129

Kandice Olivieri

QLD

8

Ashleigh Nelson

WA

71

Jodie Schulz

QLD

8

Jayde Taylor

WA

30

Renee Trost

VIC

25

Jayde Warrender

NSW

8

Kellie White

NSW

8

 

Australia A squad (Canberra Series)

Name

State

Int Games

Jill Dwyer

QLD

3

Bianca Greenshields

SA

2

Kate Hollywood

NSW

139

Emily Hurtz

NSW

32

Kate Jenner

NSW

21

Stacia Joseph

VIC

33

Nina Khoury

TAS

0

Heather Langham

NT

16

Rachael Lynch

VIC

54

Katelin Marks

QLD

3

Claire Messent

VIC

20

Georgia Nanscawen

VIC

46

Kandice Olivieri

QLD

8

Georgie Parker

SA

0

Elise Stacy

SA

0

Jade Warrender

NSW

8

Ashlee Wells

VIC

0