Jordyn Holzberger has been selected to represent Australia in New Zealand.
Jordyn Holzberger has been selected to represent Australia in New Zealand.

Team form secures NZ tour reward

NO sooner had Ipswich's most exciting hockey prospect completed her first full series for Australia and she was on a plane to New Zealand.

However, that's the opportunity Jordyn Holzberger has worked so hard for.

Holzberger, 18, played in each of the Hockeyroos' three matches against the United States, culminating in Sunday night's 3-0 victory on the Sunshine Coast.

After a 1-0 loss last Thursday and 2-1 defeat on Saturday, the Hockeyroos fielded their strongest side in the final game.

Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Holzberger was retained for each game, underlining her immense promise and rising hopes of making the Australian side for the London Olympics.

Holzberger touched down in New Zealand yesterday where the Hockeyroos will play against the home side, United States and India.

"They were up at 5 o'clock this morning and she's just texted us to say she's landed," mum Alison said.

Alison and husband John watched her play on the Sunshine Coast.

They were delighted Jordyn was rewarded with selection in the Australian side playing two tournaments in New Zealand.

"She played pretty well in all three (games on the Sunshine Coast)," John said.

"She felt she had improved and she was hoping she was going to get selected on the tour.

"They've done a lot of work on her fitness and strength, as well as her skills of hockey.

"We're very proud of her."

In New Zealand, the Hockeyroos face the USA in the first match of the series on Thursday.

 



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