November 20, 2018
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Kalindi Commerford excited for first Hockey World Cup

Canberra's Kalindi Commerford is ready to capitalise on a "once in a lifetime opportunity" in a bid to steer the Hockeyroos to World Cup glory.

Kalindi Commerford is looking to make the most of her chance on the world stage.

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The World Cup is the biggest stage Commerford will have played on but the 23-year-old is confident she is ready to take the hockey world by storm in London beginning on Saturday.

Australia kickstart their World Cup campaign against Japan at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, before taking on Belgium and New Zealand in the remaining pool matches.

"I haven't played a lot of teams that I'm going to play here, so just being able to adapt and play my style of hockey regardless of my opponent and also have an impact," Commerford said.

"You can't afford to just be a number who floats, you have to have an impact in the game and not be a muppet in defence."

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Commerford is aiming to have a consistent Cup showing after bursting onto the scene with the Australian team in January.

Kalindi Commerford will look to steer the Hockeyroos to gold in London.

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The Hockeyroos are buoyed by the inclusion of 14 new faces in an 18-woman squad desperate to create their own legacy following Australia's silver medal finish in the Netherlands four years ago.

"It's a completely new playing group," Commerford said.

"Ultimately no one comes to this tournament wanting to get anything less than silver and I don't think many people expect us to win because we are ranked fifth in the world.

"The playing group is new as of last year and every group takes time to develop and form connections and I think we are coming into really good form for this tournament, it's time for us to move up in the rankings."

Commerford will return to Canberra following the World Cup to link up with the rest of the initial 35-member Canberra Strikers squad preparing to compete in the Australian Hockey League beginning on October 6.

"AHL is my favourite tournament of the year and the playing group in Canberra since I started playing, we are genuinely all really good friends," Commerford said.

"It makes it a really easy and a fun tournament to go to,."

Commerford will line-up against former ACT player Anna Flanagan after the Canberran moved to NSW and it's a match-up she can't wait for.

"There is no bad blood between us, we are still friends, it's not just about coming up against her, but more so the rivalry between ACT and NSW," Commerford said.

HOCKEY WORLD CUP

POOL D

July 21: Australia v Japan

July 24: Australia v Belgium

July 28: New Zealand v Australia

AHL

CANBERRA STRIKERS SQUAD LIST:

1. Bella Apps, 2. Catriona Bailey-Price, 3. Lucy Balfour, 4. Edwina Bone, 5. Meredith Bone, 6. Kalindi Commerford, 7. Talia Constance, 8. Ashleigh Deacon, 9. Ainslee Deeth, 10. Emma de Kiefte, 11. Sassie Economos, 12. Mikayla Evans, 13. Naomi Evans, 14. Talei Forrest, 15. Sophie Gaughan, 16. Kate Gilmore, 17. Laura Gray, 18. Stef Kindon, 19. Rebecca Lee, 20. Emma Lomas, 21. Olivia Martin, 22. Beckie Middleton, 23. Millie Monfries, 24. Aleisha Price, 25. Molly Rasmussen, 26. Grace Ronnfeldt, 27. Jessica Smith, 28. Peta Sutherland, 29. Tina Taseska, 30. Taylor Thomson, 31. Ellie Toole, 32. Shelley Watson, 33. Sarah White.

CANBERRA LAKERS SQUAD LIST:

1. Davis Atkin, 2. Garry Backhus, 3. Malcolm Bee, 4. Andrew Charte, 5. Dan Cleary, 6. Joshua Chivers, 7. Owen Chivers, 8. James Day, 9. Tom Deane, 10. Dean Evans, 11. Anand Gupte, 12. Niranjan Gupte, 13. Jamie Hawke, 14. Brendan Hill, 15. Jeremy Hopkins, 16. Brendan Laidley, 17. James Lawrence, 18. Pat Keir, 19. Aaron Kershaw, 20. Aaron Knight, 21. Matt McLaughlin, 22. Lewis McLennan, 23. Nic Milne, 24. Matt Neeson, 25. Jeremy Payne, 26. Dean Robertson, 27. Lewis Shepherd, 28. Stuart Shepherd, 29. Oscar Smart 30. Blake Smith, 31. Brad Smith, 32. Ben Staines, 33. Jake Staines, 34. Thomson Stuckey, 35. Glenn Turner.

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