Hockeyroos Out For World Cup Revenge
There's another World Cup on and the young Aussies are a force to be reckoned with.
It's been four years since the Hockeyroos fell heartbreakingly short in the final of the World Cup, and this time the Australians are out for retribution.
One of 16 teams, the world's fifth-ranked Australian women's hockey side are in London, competing in the 2018 World Cup.
The Hockeyroos are sitting at the top of Pool D after two matches, as they head into the business end of the tournament.
The Aussies clinched a hard-fought 3-2 win over Japan in their opening match, after the Japanese launched a last minute comeback.
The Australians weren't as lucky against Belgium, with neither team finding the back of net for a nil-all draw.
But it's more than a top spot up for grabs in their final pool match -- Trans-Tasman pride is also on the line.
The Hockeyroos will be up against New Zealand, and it will be a revenge mission for the Australians after missing out on gold at the Commonwealth Games to their rivals from across the ditch.
“They obviously got the better of us at our home Comm Games. That was disappointing and a bit of heartbreak to swallow," Hockeyroo Emily Smith told Hockey Australia.
“We need to get them one back."
The past four years have been a period of rebuilding for the Australians, with many of their veteran players retiring.
But with a fresh, young team, Smith believes the titles will start rolling again after disappointing finishes in recent competitions.
At the 2016 Champions Trophy in London the team failed to reach the podium, and just two months later placed a devastating sixth at the Rio Olympics.
“We have got a lot of work to do. We are very young and this group will be together for years to come," Smith said.
“We’re in our juvenile stage for the Tokyo Olympics. Most of the team is under 23 and have a lot left in their career.”
But the team is in London to walk away with top honours, as coach Paul Gaudion said before the tournament started.
“We’re going there to win it."