The Hockeyroos booked their 11th straight Olympic Games after beating Russia 5-0 win in the second and final qualifier against Russia.
The result gave the Hockeyroos a 9-2 victory on aggregate to ensure they will join the Kookaburras in representing Australia at next year’s Games.
After a 4-2 win in the opening game yesterday, the overall result was decided inside the opening half of tonight’s second match as all of the goals came in the first 30 minutes.
“I feel really happy for the girls,” said Head Coach Paul Gaudoin after the win.
“They worked really hard and it has been a massive year. We didn’t quite get there (against New Zealand) in Rockhampton but now we can focus our preparations on Tokyo.
“From here we’ve got to make sure we’re as prepared as we can be leading up to the Olympics.
“It was pleasing that we managed to finish off with some quality goals in the first half but our ball handling needs to get better as well as our fitness.”
With Olympic qualification achieved, the Hockeyroos players will now return to play with their respective Sultana Bran Hockey One teams for the league’s final round next weekend.