EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: Australia's Madonna Blyth in action during the women's hockey final of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: Australia's Madonna Blyth in action during the women's hockey final of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Rejuvenated Hockeyroos feeling confident

HOCKEY: Twelve of the 16 players in the Australian women's hockey squad are yet to compete at an Olympics, but captain Madonna Blyth is feeling "really confident” of success in Rio.

Blyth points to the Hockeyroos' failure to make the podium at the past three Olympics - after winning gold in 1988, 1996 and 2000 - as part of the reason for the current team's success.

"I think what's happened for our group over a number of years, particularly since London, has enabled us to be in the position we are now,” she said.

"We've developed a squad that hasn't changed a whole lot in the last two or three years, that's had success in big tournaments. We've been involved in a lot of finals - we've won a World Cup silver and Commonwealth Games gold.

"The depth in our squad has allowed us to build a certain style of play that will allow us to win day in, day out at big tournaments. We're feeling really confident.”

The Hockeyroos' campaign begins with a clash against Great Britain on Sunday (9.30am AEST).


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