The Hockeyroos recently took on the USA in Sunshine Coast in a three match series. I was lucky enough to be selected for the tour and played one and a half of the three games. Sadly we were not able to beat the Americans in the series but did put together a strong performance to beat them in the 3rd and final game winning 3-0.
The team for this tour was missing a few of our senior and more experienced players but did mean some squad members got their first opportunity to play for the Hockeyroos this year. It was a really fun group and we were spoilt with the apartments we were put up in. Sunshine coast is a beautiful place and where we stayed, SEBEL Maroochydore, had a fantastic view of the ocean. Waking up every morning and watching the sun rise over the beach while eating breaky on our balcony was so nice. I roomed with Ash Nelson and Jayde Taylor which meant lots of laughs, regular cups of tea and plenty of eggs on Easter Sunday. I do love the beach so enjoyed plenty of time watching the surfers down at the beach.
The highlight of the tour for me was meeting the many fans who came from all over Queensland to support us and watch us play. We play all over Australia and it seems that the smaller towns bring out the biggest crowds. Signing autographs after a game is still a huge thrill for me and I feel so proud when I receive compliments about my game from people I have never met. They really do love their hockey in Queensland.
Big thanks to the SEBEL for having us, Sunshine Coast hockey for hosting us and the many fans who came out and cheered for us.
Hockeyroos are now off to NZ to play in a four nations series against USA, NZ and India. Unfortunately I was not selected but know the girls are in great shape to take out the series.
Results: Game 1: Aus 0 – USA 1 Game 2: Aus 1 – USA 2 Game 3: Aus 3 – USA 0
Here are a few photos of some very cool kids I met. These true fans came down to support us and I was lucky enough to catch up with them after our last game. Some little legends who I hope to see playing for the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras one day 🙂