Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Attard Reflects on 200

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Attard Reflects on 200

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Chris Lees

chris.lees@dailymercury.com.au

HOCKEY: Teneal Attard grew up playing hockey with Brothers in Mackay.

This week she played her 200th game for the Australian national team -- the Hockeyroos -- against China, after debuting in 2004.

The Daily Mercury spoke to Attard, who is preparing for a tournament in New Zealand, about her career.

How did it feel to play your 200th game this week for Australia?

I can't really put it into words to be honest.

Getting out on the pitch it's just another game but after the game the girls did a presentation for me and made a video. They had people saying a few words on it and they gave a bit of a debrief on what I've done in my career. I get goosebumps thinking about it. I just feel very lucky to still have the opportunity to pull on the green and gold and represent Australia. It's hard to put into words but it's definitely an amazing feeling.

You've had three knee reconstructions over your career, how have you kept coming back?

I keep telling people that I feel like I've got unfinished business and that's why I keep coming back.

I've got such a love for the sport and the team and I just feel like I need to finish off what I started for, which is winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

That drive to just get there helps me get through the rehab and come back.

How have you stayed fit, ready and prepared for so long?

I guess I'm pretty lucky I've got a good aerobic base, but it's not easy, especially when you're injured, you've got to do a lot of different exercises.

That rehab road is not an easy one but, you know, I get to play sport for a living, it's pretty sweet, so if the hardest thing I have to do is a hard running session or something like that I'm pretty happy.

Who is the best player you've played with, past or present?

It's going to be a bit of a cliche but Madonna Blyth.

She is our captain and we debuted together in 2004 and she's basically been there my whole career with me.

She's just an inspirational player, she's such a great leader. On the pitch we have a really good connection, I guess that's what happens when you play 10 years together. …

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