Madonna Blyth to make history with another hockey world cup cap

Caps: Madonna Blyth is set to rewrite history. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Caps: Madonna Blyth is set to rewrite history. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

HOCKEY

Madonna Blyth is poised to become the second-most capped player in Hockeyroos' history ahead of next month's women's hockey World Cup.

Queenslander Blyth, 28, was named on Wednesday among a relatively young 18-player Australian squad for the World Cup in the Netherlands.

She is set to pass former skipper Rechelle Hawkes - the only player to win three Olympic gold medals - when she plays her 280th game during the build-up in Europe, leaving her behind only retired Nikki Hudson's 303 games.

While captain Blyth has experience to burn, coach Adam Commens's World Cup squad contains only seven players from the last World Cup in 2010 where Australia finished fifth, and nine from the 2012 Olympics [including Albion Park's Casey Eastham].

"We're a team that has shown it can match it with the top sides in the world," said Commens.

"There's a misconception that we've been together for a long time but we've had significant turnover since the [2012 London] Olympic Games.

"There's a lot of talent in our squad though, we performed well in 2013 and we're aiming to reach the semi-finals.

"We're more than capable of reaching that stage and performing well against the top nations. The Dutch are the clear number one and they're in our pool.

"We'll get a good indication from that match of where we're at, but I certainly don't believe we fear anyone in the other side of the draw." AAP

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