Slat­tery’s ca­reer on hold

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

South Stir­ling-bred Hock­ey­roo Kathryn Slat­tery be­lieves the time is right to step away from the na­tional pro­gram and pur­sue other in­ter­ests af­ter an­nounc­ing on Satur­day her de­ci­sion to an in­def­i­nite break from the in­ter­na­tional scene.

Slat­tery has scored 37 goals in 91 caps with the Hock­ey­roos since mak­ing her de­but in Novem­ber 2014.

But af­ter a tu­mul­tuous past year, which in­cluded be­ing cut from the Com­mon­wealth Games squad, she will take a break from pro­fes­sional hockey.

The 25-year-old striker re­turned to the Hock­ey­roos squad for the World Cup in July but missed the na­tional team’s most re­cent tour­na­ment, the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in China.

Speak­ing to the Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser yes­ter­day about her de­ci­sion, Slat­tery said some time to re­fresh would al­low her to make a clear long-term de­ci­sion on her in­ter­na­tional hockey fu­ture.

“The de­ci­sion has been a long time in the mak­ing,” Slat­tery said.

“There is some things I re­ally like about the (na­tional) pro- gram and some things I don’t like.

“I’ve achieved a lot in four years and gone to a lot of tour­na­ments but over the past 12 months I’ve just not seen my­self im­prov­ing.

“I feel the pro­gram has stag­nated for me and sucked the en­joy­ment out of be­ing in­volved.

“So this is the right time to pur­sue other things and pas­sions.

“I’ve left the door open to come back, but first I’ll re­fresh and take a break from it all.”

Slat­tery will re­turn to her fam­ily farm at South Stir­ling for har­vest and said she would con­tinue to play club hockey and have a crack at play­ing women’s foot­ball next year.

“I’ll be down for har­vest un­til mid-Jan­uary,” she said.

“I re­ally want to play footy next year for a club in Perth and then play a full club sea­son in hockey and have some en­joy­ment in that.

“I might look at play­ing over­seas, travel a bit and also get some work.

“There is a lot hap­pen­ing; tran­si­tion­ing from be­ing a pro­fes­sional ath­lete to ev­ery­day reg­u­lar life won’t be easy, so I’m ner­vous but also ex­cited about what this next chap­ter brings.”

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Kathryn Slat­tery in Hock­ey­roos colours.

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