Australia women depart for Europe and the Women’s World Cup preparations next month with an eye on the future.
The 18-strong Hockeyroos team, fourth at the 2018 World Cup, features five athletes with under 10 games experience and a further four with less than 25 matches under their belts.
Claire Colwill, 18, is among 10 athletes who will compete in their first World Cup. She says it feels ‘surreal’ to be included and following in the footsteps of so many great Australian female hockey players.
Meanwhile, coach Katrina Powell is confident that her group has the components to bring a high energy, fast paced and ruthless edge to their summer.
Jane Claxton will join an exclusive list of Hockeyroo greats when she plays her 200th game during the World Cup.
The Hockeyroos are in Pool D alongside Belgium, Japan, and South Africa for the 15th edition. All the Hockeyroos’ Pool matches will be played in Terrassa, Spain.
Having won the World Cup twice (1994, 1998), the Hockeyroos finished fourth at the last tournament in 2018. The Netherlands are the defending champions.
The Hockey Women’s World Cup in Spain & Netherlands will be played from July 1-17.