Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

DURBAN AWAITS; Maryborough's Trudi Pedersen Nervous Ahead of First Australian Indoor Hockey Trip

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

DURBAN AWAITS; Maryborough's Trudi Pedersen Nervous Ahead of First Australian Indoor Hockey Trip

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Matthew

McInerney

Sports Editor

matthew.mcinerney@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

HOW would you react if you were at work and received an email about your selection in an Australian team for an international tour?

It is a feeling rarely experienced, but Maryborough's Trudi Pedersen is one of those few.

Pedersen will represent Australia in next month's International Hockey Federation Four Nations Invitational in Durban, South Africa.

How the opportunity to play an international indoor hockey competition at the home of the 2022 Commonwealth Games arose is something of which Pedersen still can't quite comprehend.

"It's exciting but really nerve-wracking," she said.

"It's another level of hockey that I've never played at before.

"I got an email while I was at work. I was really excited but it was unexpected as it was a shock. I didn't realise it was happening but planning the trip now is crazy.

"I haven't been overseas for sport yet so it will be good to tie in a holiday. SA was a place that wasn't on top of my places to go but the opportunity is there to see somewhere different."

The 22-year-old will play for Australia against teams from the United States, Namibia and South Africa.

Pedersen admitted it would be one of her toughest challenges she has faced on the hockey field, with the air of uncertainty that surrounds their playing style the biggest test.

"(It will) definitely be a challenge, up against people you don't know the way they play because they're from different countries," she said.

"You're always playing with different people so you're always learning a lot more from there as well as the different coaching."

On top of the different style of play a change in format means there is another rather large challenge.

The number of outfield players on each side jumped from four to five this year, which further reduces the amount of space on the field. …

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