Power ready to play for Hock­ey­roos

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT -

ALEISHA Power “broke down in tears” when she found out she scored her first Hock­ey­roo se­lec­tion.

The 20-year-old was the WA Di­a­monds and Curtin Univer­sity Hockey Club’s first choice goal­keeper this year and was named the goal­keeper of the tour­na­ment at the 2016 Ju­nior World Cup. Power, who is part of the Aus­tralian de­vel­op­ment squad, will make her in­ter­na­tional se­nior de­but in the three-test series against Ja­pan in Ade­laide from Novem­ber 15-18.

She joins WA Di­a­monds team­mates Kathryn Slat­tery and Jac­qui Day in the squad.

The Curtin Univer­sity nu­tri­tion stu­dent said she was “over­whelmed” to be­come a Hock­ey­roo af­ter play­ing com­pet­i­tive hockey over the past five years.

“I think as an ath­lete, it is a re­lief to fi­nally get your foot in the door,” she said.

“I got ex­pe­ri­ence from Ju­nior World Cup and I hope that I could trans­fer that over into the se­nior level. Ob­vi­ously, it is another step up and even though it is my de­but, I am still learn­ing so hope­fully I will take things away from it to know where I am sup­posed to be in a few years.”

Power said train­ing along­side her Hock­ey­roos idols, in­clud­ing Rachael Lynch, was a “weird” feel­ing.

“Three or four years ago, I was look­ing up to her and now I am shar­ing the net with her; it is crazy,” she said.

Power and her Hock­ey­roos team­mates will fly out to Ade­laide on Novem­ber 13.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d475442

Aleisha Power.

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