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Hockey - 19. September 2010.

Hockeyroos hoping to advance Commonwealth Games reputation in Delhi

 

   The Australian Commonwealth Games Association have today announced the 16-player Australian women’s hockey squad, with the team looking more than capable of defending their 2006 gold medal when they compete in Delhi this October.

The Hockeyroos have a remarkable Commonwealth Games record, having only ever lost one Commonwealth Games match and claiming two of the three gold medals on offer since 1998.

 

Eleven of the 16 players selected will make their Commonwealth Games debut, while Nicole Arrold, Madonna Blyth, Kate Hollywood, Toni Cronk and Kobie McGurk all competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

 
The Hockeyroos finished fifth at the recent World Cup in Argentina, and strong performances from the likes of Jayde Taylor and Kate Jenner, who only made their international debuts three months ago, have seen them maintain their place in the squad.

 

The retirements of Hope Munro and Kim Walker, and an ACL injury to Teneal Attard created an opportunity for some younger players such as Fiona Boyce and Emily Hurtz to enter the team.

 

Australia will arrive in Delhi as one of the favourites, however Hockeyroos coach Frank Murray said that Australia is one of four teams capable of winning gold in 2010, identifying England, New Zealand and India as our biggest threats.


“We are one of four teams who are in with a chance to win gold at the Commonwealth Games,” Murray said.  

 

“India at home will be difficult and New Zealand are also very capable, while England having won bronze at the World Cup only days ago makes them a real threat.”


Murray said that this year appeared to be the most even competition for the Commonwealth Games in its history.

 

“We will be fighting it out with some very good teams. This is the most even Commonwealth Games competition we will be part of so we will need to play our best hockey.”


ACGA Chief Executive Officer Perry Crosswhite said, “We are very much looking forward to the performance of our 2010 women’s hockey team.” 

 

“They have had excellent international competition experience leading into the Delhi tournament and we have high hopes they will end up on top.”

 

Australian women’s hockey team Delhi 2010 schedule

 

Date

Delhi time

AEDST time

Opposition

Tuesday 5 October

13:30

19:00

v Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday 6 October

13:30

19:00

v India

Friday 8 October

08:30

14:00

v South Africa

Saturday 9 October

13:30

19:00

v Scotland

Monday 11 October

11:00

16:30

Semi Final One

 

17:30

23:00

Semi Final Two

Wednesday 13 October

10:30

13:30

Bronze Medal Match

 

13:00

18:30

Gold Medal Match

 

2010 Australian Commonwealth Games women’s hockey team

 

Name

State

Age (as at Oct 3)

DOB

Nicole Arrold

ACT

28

07-Nov-81

Madonna Blyth

QLD

24

30-Nov-85

Fiona Boyce

WA

23

11-Jun-87

Alison Bruce

NSW

23

23-Sep-87

Toni Cronk

NSW

30

27-Mar-80

Casey Eastham

NSW

21

29-Mar-89

Kate Hollywood

NSW

24

25-May-86

Emily Hurtz

NSW

20

02-Jan-90

Kate Jenner

NSW

20

05-May-90

Fiona Johnson

NSW

27

12-Apr-83

Shelly Liddelow

WA

26

30-Jun-84

Rachael Lynch

VIC

24

02-Jul-86

Kobie McGurk

WA

25

20-Aug-85

Ashleigh Nelson

WA

23

05-Mar-87

Megan Rivers

NSW

29

10-Oct-80

Jayde Taylor

WA

25

03-Apr-85

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