Axed Amy to keep fighting
AS a fiercely determined international player, Amy Korner was devastated when omitted from the Australian hockey squad.
Having displayed so much tenacity to overcome injury and illness, a fit and focused Korner thought she could continue her Hockeyroos role.
The recent verdict left her shattered.
Despite being just 24, the Ipswich striker became a victim of new national coach Adam Commens’ “fresh and young” approach leading to the London Olympics.
The Flinders View sportswoman even considered retiring.
“I was pretty upset, quite devastated, but it’s not the end quite yet,” Korner said, reflecting on the email that destroyed her immediate international hopes.
“I was the fittest I’ve ever been before the camp and I had a really good preparation.”
But Korner has never been a quitter.
That was highlighted when she defied stress fractures in her shins and bulging discs in her back to regain her national spot for last year’s World Cup.
After being troubled by illness and receiving limited time at the World Cup in Argentina, she missed making the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.
But still she battled on.
Late last year, Korner put that setback behind her to regain peak fitness for the national camp in Perth where the latest Australian squad was chosen.
Hearing she’d missed selection for the current Four Nations tournament hurt.
“I had a couple of weeks off to reassess and make sure I wanted to keep going,” Korner conceded.
“It’s very hard but my family has been awesome and really supportive so that always helps. They will back me whatever I decide to do.
“My initial reaction was ‘but I’m not finished yet’.
“That was a good indication that even though I was really upset, I’ve still got something left.”
Ipswich born and bred Korner has played more than 40 internationals since debuting for her country in 2005.
She received some feedback from the new Hockeyroos coach.
“There’s a few things I need to work on but I think he was focusing on choosing a lot of younger girls to try and rebuild the squad and see how they go,” Korner said.
“That was the hardest thing. He recognised how much I’d improved in my fitness and everything but he said I need to work on my speed and develop more finesse.
“He got rid of a majority of the older girls to start afresh and start a new campaign.”
Knowing how the situation can change with form and injury leading up to the London Olympics, Korner is keen to impress for the Queensland Scorchers in this year’s national league, starting in May.
“I’ll train pretty hard until then and see how I go there,” she said, being one of Queensland’s best on-field leaders.
“There will probably be another camp – like there was in January – after the AHL (Australian Hockey League) finishes so anything can happen.
“As much as it’s upsetting, I’ve got to refocus now.
“I had a really good 2010. My whole career has been up and down but I’m getting more used to it.”
‘I was pretty upset, quite devastated but it’s not the end quite yet’