Well-travelled Ipswich Hockeyroo Jordyn Holzberger is already eyeing the Tokyo Olympics.
Well-travelled Ipswich Hockeyroo Jordyn Holzberger is already eyeing the Tokyo Olympics. Rob Williams

Confidence boost for Tokyo Olympics goal

HAVING enjoyed a successful Commonwealth Games debut, Ipswich hockey player Jordyn Holzberger is even keener to pursue another international goal.

"I'll definitely keep going to Tokyo if I keep getting selected in the squads,'' she said.

Holzberger, 24, returns to Perth next week to continue her national team commitments.

The silver medal-winning Hockeyroos have the annual Hawke's Bay tournament next month before the World Cup in London in late July/August.

Despite all the travelling, the attacking midfielder is prepared to continue the commitment having made her national debut in 2012.

The 2020 Olympics are high on the agenda.

"That's the plan,'' she said.

Although the New Zealanders performed better in the recent Commonwealth Games final winning 4-1, Holzberger left the Gold Coast with a new sense of satisfaction.

"We would have liked to have scored some more goals against some teams but we didn't have any goals against us leading into the finals,'' she said.

"I think that's a massive credit to our defence.

"Silver is nothing to frown upon. It's still a massive achievement so we're all pretty proud.''

The Ipswich achiever played her 60th international during the Commonwealth Games, gaining extra confidence having come back from a bout of pneumonia and a quad injury in past years.

"I take a lot of caution and convention around that,'' she said, keen to quickly manage any issues.

With so much support from her parents John and Alison - and her fiancee Aaron O'Beirne settling in Perth with her - Holzberger looked reinvigorated for the future.

She's yet to set a wedding date but mentioned August next year as an option.

When she's back in Perth training full-time with the Hockeyroos, Holzberger will also continue her Bachelor of Commerce studies at Curtin University. She's halfway through her degree.



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