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Hungry Holzberger back in national colours for 2013

BUOYED: Australian player Jordyn Holzberger.
BUOYED: Australian player Jordyn Holzberger. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH hockey star Jordyn Holzberger has earned selection in the 2013 Hockeyroos squad.

Holzberger's selections follow her impressive performances in the 2012 Australian Hockey League, at which Queensland finished third two weeks ago.

The AHL followed her efforts for Australia at the Champions Challenge international tournament in Dublin earlier this month.

"It was a really good experience," Holzberger said of the Champions Challenge from Perth, where she is based with the Australian Institute of Sport.

"We ended up coming first, which guarantees us a spot at the 2014 Champion's Trophy."

After missing out on the Olympic squad, Holzberger has been buoyed by her return to the national line-up.

"It's really encouraging," she said. "I'm looking to keep it up and keep improving."

Holzberger has been selected in the Jillaroos (Australian under-21 side) for the nine-a-side International Super Series later this month in Perth.

The series gives the Australian under-21 women an early chance to work together ahead of next year's junior World Cup in Germany.

"It's really good news," Holzberger said of her selection in the Jillaroos nine-a-side squad.

"Coming into a junior world cup year, it's good to get all the girls together. I've never played nine-a-side before so it will be a good experience.

"My main focus of the year is around the junior world cup.

"We've never won it before so I'm really focusing on that."

The Jillaroos will play against the Hockeyroos, England, India, Pakistan and Malaysia.

Topics:  hockeyroos, jordyn holzberger


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