With only three games left in the season it is nice to have the Easter weekend off to enjoy the European Hockey League. On Thursday I went to Bloemendaal with two of the other MOP girls to watch the best club teams in Europe take on each other on the first day of competition. I was lucky enough to have a press pass because I am going to be doing a quarterly blog for Dutch Hockeystyle magazine. As well as watching hockey I was able to experience what it is like on the other side with the media group and how they operate. It was a great set up and it is nice to see so many different nationalities coming out to watch. I even got a photo with a school group from around the corner of where I lived in Perth. Crazy how small the hockey world can be.

 

This weekend the Hockeyroos are also taking on China in Sydney, one place I would love to play! It is hard watching the girls from afar but Casey Eastham and myself have been texting frantically keeping updated on their performance. There are many debutants who will be fulfilling a life dream putting on the green and gold bodysuit and such a proud moment to play in front of a home crowd.

 

Over the last three games it is really important that we get some points at MOP otherwise we are at risk of being in the relegation rounds. We have been playing better than we have all season, however unable to get the goals on the board and therefore the points that go with it. It is a few of the girls last season at MOP and after getting the team promoted from the lower grades into the Hoofdklasse it is also important we finish off strong for them, as well as the retiring staff in Toon Siepman and our managers. Also leaving with a good feeling for the new coach stepping in Karel Alferink.

 

I am still practicing weekly on my corner training and making small changes to my technique where possible so I am excited to get back to Australia to see what the benefits have been from playing in the Dutch competition. Until Rio it will be a heavy schedule with the Australian program but I am looking forward to playing more seasons in Holland in the future to continue to grow my hockey.

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Anna Flanagan
World hockey’s Young Player of the Year for 2012, Anna Flanagan is one of a group of young Australian athletes rapidly rising to the top together. Known as ‘Flanno’ or ‘Boy’ amongst teammates and friends, Flanagan reached a century of international appearances three years after making her debut. With a passion for the media industry and a keen blogger, Flanagan has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has spent time both in front of the camera and behind the scenes with broadcasters in Perth in recent years. Now studying for a law degree to add to her journalism qualification, she also has a certificate three and four in fitness. Despite playing with her trademark yellow ribbon in her hair, Flanagan describes herself as a bit of a tomboy. Introduced to hockey through family, the youngster from Canberra initially refused to play because she was made to wear a skirt. At age eight she won that particular battle as her club allowed her to play in leggings; possibly one the smartest decisions made in the history of Australian hockey as Flanagan’s love affair with hockey quickly took off.

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