The countdown is on until the new era of Hockeyroos is unveiled on home soil, with the team celebrating the 100 day milestone until the top six women’s hockey nations descend on Sydney Olympic Park for the Samsung Hockey Champions Trophy Women, 2009.
Following the recent retirement of Olympic gold medalist Hockeyroo Nikki Hudson, this Champions Trophy event truly does symbolize the beginning of a new era for the team as it will be their first international tournament without the legendary player.
Currently ranked 5th in the world, the 2009 Samsung Champions Trophy presents an exciting opportunity for the Hockeyroos to begin their new era on a positive note as they begin their campaign towards the 2012 London Olympics.
Hockeyroo Kobie McGurk says the team is looking forward to creating their own successful reputation via success at the 2009 Champions Trophy.
“I can’t think of a better place to begin our new era and it will be exciting to start our next Olympic cycle on home soil. Obviously the Hockeyroos are known for their success, and we are keen to continue this tradition and look forward to a successful Champions Trophy campaign,” said McGurk.
With 2009 Hockeyroo squad selection to be announced at the conclusion of this Sunday’s Australian Hockey League Grand Final in Melbourne, Hockeyroo young gun Casey Eastham says the anticipation towards the tournament is growing within the Hockeyroos squad.
“It is a very exciting time as there will more than likely be some new players selected in the national squad next week, so it really will be the beginning of a new era for the team. Now with only 100 days to go until the Champions Trophy, the playing group is looking forward to showing we are still one of the best teams in the world,” said Eastham.
”There is no doubt that this tournament is one of the biggest international sports events to take place in
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