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    Hockeyroos ready for Olympic precursor

    Hockeyroos ready for Olympic precursor

    Author: Nic Kerber

    The Hockeyroos will open their Tokyo Test Event campaign against China tomorrow (Saturday 17 August) at Oi Stadium, the official hockey venue for next year’s Olympic Games.

    Hot and humid conditions greeted the Hockeyroos on their arrival into Tokyo for the official Olympic Test Event, which will see them play four matches in five days.

    The Test Event provides a number of benefits for the Hockeyroos, none more so than invaluable preparation and quality matches ahead of their crucial Olympic qualifiers against New Zealand.

    Furthermore, the Hockeyroos will be one of the first teams to compete on the new hockey fields for next year’s Olympics.

    With the Hockeyroos’ Olympic qualifiers being held in Rockhampton in early September, Head Coach Paul Gaudoin reiterated the positives of being in Tokyo and the opportunity to play against some tough opposition.

    “It’s a challenging climatic environment in Tokyo, so from a training point of view that’s really good preparation for what we will have in Rockhampton,” said Gaudoin.

    “We get four games in five days in this Olympic Test Event and then play three games in four days in Rockhampton so it mimics reasonably well what we’re going to face in the Oceania Cup which is the most important event of the year for us.”

    “It’s great to be here because we’re starting to get a good feel of what it will be like in August next year and being here now means that hopefully it’s not too much of a surprise and we can get on with the business of winning matches.”

    The Hockeyroos narrowly defeated China in the two FIH Pro League meetings between the teams earlier this year.

    The Tokyo Test Event, which is part of the READY STEADY TOKYO series and is a dress rehearsal to ensure a successful operation during the Olympic Games, is organised by the Tokyo Organising Committee in conjunction with the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

    Hockeyroos v China
    Saturday 17 August 2019
    Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
    12:15pm local (1:15pm AEST)
    Coverage: There will be LIVE updates on the Hockeyroos Twitter channel @Hockeyroos
    There will also be half time and full time updates on the Hockeyroos Facebook page

    Hockeyroos team - Tokyo Test Event 2019

    Name

    Date of Birth

    State

    Caps (Goals)

    Kristina BATES

    09/01/1996

    VIC

    41 (2)

    Edwina BONE

    29/04/1988

    ACT

    188 (4)

    Emily CHALKER

    28/07/1992

    NSW

    230 (80)

    Kalindi COMMERFORD

    18/11/1994

    NSW

    36 (5)

    Savannah FITZPATRICK

    04/02/1995

    QLD

    53 (12)

    Kate JENNER

    05/05/1990

    NSW

    118 (1)

    Amy LAWTON

    19/01/2002

    VIC

    1 (0)

    Rachael LYNCH (gk)

    02/07/1986

    VIC

    211 (0)

    Ambrosia MALONE

    08/01/1998

    QLD

    39 (9)

    Georgina MORGAN

    15/05/1993

    NSW

    86 (18)

    Kaitlin NOBBS

    24/09/1997

    NSW

    67 (3)

    Brooke PERIS

    16/01/1993

    NT

    158 (25)

    Grace STEWART

    28/04/1997

    NSW

    75 (21)

    Renee TAYLOR

    28/09/1996

    QLD

    68 (6)

    Sophie TAYLOR

    12/09/1995

    VIC

    22 (1)

    Georgia WILSON

    20/05/1996

    WA

    27 (0)



    Hockeyroos Matches
    Saturday 17 August 2019
    Hockeyroos v China (12:15pm local, 1:15pm AEST)

    Sunday 18 August 2019
    India v Hockeyroos (9:30am local, 10:30am AEST)

    Tuesday 20 August 2019
    Hockeyroos v Japan (5:30pm local, 6:30pm AEST)

    Wednesday 21 August 2019
    3rd v 4th (5:30pm local, 6:30pm AEST)
    Final (7:45pm local, 8:45pm AEST)