Hockeyroos win Champions Trophy invite

The Hockeyroos have accepted an invite to the 2018 Champions Trophy in Changzhou after climbing from fifth to third in the world rankings.

Australia’s recent run to the 2018 Women’s World Cup semi-finals and eventual fourth-place finish in London clinched their entry to the prestigious biennial tournament which features the sport’s six best teams in a round robin format.

This year’s edition, the last before the introduction of a nine-team home and away international league next year, will be played in the southern Chinese city from 17-25 November.

Australia will compete against 2018 World Cup winners the Netherlands (ranked first), 2016 Olympic gold medallists (as Great Britain) England (second), reigning Champions Trophy winners Argentina (fourth), hosts China (11th) and 2020 Olympic hosts Japan (14th).

Hockey Australia High Performance Director Toni Cumpston said the invitation was a significant coup towards the Olympics.

“It’s an exciting opportunity and we’re delighted to receive the invitation,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to playing against the elite national teams in the world as we commence our journey towards Tokyo.”

The Hockeyroos have a proud history in the Champions Trophy, as six-time winners and five-time runners-up.

The last time they won was in 2003. They finished fourth in 2016 and were runners-up in 2014.

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