Lynch is a keeper
HOCKEYROOS brick wall Rachael Lynch says Australia can achieve a fourth-straight gold at this month’s Commonwealth Games.
Lynch, who was picked to keep goals at her third Games, said the home country wanted to put on a show and “win the gold”.
“We’ve got a pretty proud history at the Commonwealth Games. We’ve won the last three, so that puts a bit of pressure on,” she said.
While traditional powerhouse countries including Holland and Argentina will not be on the Gold Coast, the Victoria Park Panthers star said there would be many obstacles to overcome.
“So for us we’ve got threats like England, New Zealand and South Africa who are really strong,” she said.
“I think we are favourites for the tournament but we put that pressure on ourselves to perform and we know we need to beat these really strong countries to get into the finals.
“Often that’s the hardest bit, trying to win your quarter-final and having a solid run through your round games. So it will just be one game at a time.”
Lynch (31), a veteran of 176 international matches, expected Stephanie Kershaw to shine. Kershaw, who will be among 10 Commonwealth Games debutants in the Australian squad, missed the Rio Olympics because of injury but is back and ready to go.
“She will create a lot of play for us but across the board we’ve got so much talent,” she said.
“We had a pretty experienced team in Rio and now (there’s) a lot of younger girls but they’re gaining experience as we go along.”
While there will be expectation on her as Australia’s last line of defence, Lynch said it was put into perspective by her life outside of sport.
The Northbridge local, who has launched a website offering coaching for goalkeepers, has been a registered nurse since 2010 and works at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
“When you’re in sport it feels like it’s everything, but it’s not, especially when you come to hospital and there’s people here going through something that’s extremely horrific for them,” she said.
“So the balance is definitely a bit of a skill but I love to be busy and that’s why I try squeeze in as much as I can.”
Fiona Stanley Hospital nurse and Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch.