BACK in the Australian Hockeyroos side, Ipswich player Jordyn Holzberger is preparing for a chilly reception in Ireland.
But before stepping up training for the team's Dublin mission, Holzberger offered encouragement to her Ipswich club side playing in Saturday's grand final.
"Go Hannies. Give it 110 per cent and don't come off the field with any regrets," she said from her Perth base.
Holzberger, 19, enjoyed playing a few games for Hancocks recently while having a short break from her Australian Institute of Sport commitments.
Her edge in speed, skill and decision-making were apparent, even though she lined up for fun with her former A-grade teammates.
However, her return to the Hockeyroos after missing out on London Olympics selection is serious business.
The Australians have to win the Champions Challenge tournament in Dublin from September 29-October 7 to secure a spot in the higher-rated Champions Trophy competition.
After finishing fifth at the London Games, the Hockeyroos will field 11 of their Olympic representatives, as well as national development players like Holzberger.
The Yamanto-based midfield/striker has already played 14 games for Australia. She is keen to consolidate her spot leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the next Olympics.
"I'm feeling fit and confident," she said.
"It's a pretty important tournament."
Holzberger has spoken to national coach Adam Commens about areas she needs to improve like her fitness, receiving and decision making.
She welcomed the challenge.
"Hopefully I can go over there and prove to the selectors I deserve to be there," she said.
Since returning to Perth, the AIS scholarship holder has gradually increased her training workload with the national squad.
"I feel refreshed," she said as she prepared to leave Perth on September 19.
"It was good to come home and relax and still work on my fitness and what I need to work on in a different environment."
It will be Holzberger's first trip to Ireland, where she expects a cold change to the recent warm weather in Australia.
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