Hockeyroo Rachael Lynch is set to make history this weekend by becoming only the second Australian goalkeeper to reach 200 caps and says there’s no end in sight.
Lynch, who turns 33 in July, will reach the milestone if selected in Saturday’s FIH Pro League match against Argentina at Sydney Olympic Park.
The Victorian debuted for the Hockeyroos 13 years ago, but such is the challenge for goalkeepers, has had to bide her time to reach the 200-game milestone.
Twenty-two women and 19 men have reached 200 games for Australia but Sydney Olympics gold medal winner Rachel Imison was previously the only goalkeeper.
Lynch debuted against England in June 2006, but opportunities weren’t overly forthcoming in her early days, battling with Imison and Toni Cronk for the spot in goal.
She missed selection for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but has come into her own in recent years and was last year nominated for the prestigious FIH Goalkeeper of the Year award.
“It’s been 13 years since I debuted,” she said. “It’s been a long time. It’s taken a long time.
“My journey hasn’t been a smooth ride, plenty of time on the bench, plenty of time in and out of the team.
“I’ve worked really hard to get to this point. It’s something I’m proud to have got to 200 games.”
Ever the team player, Lynch said her focus was on helping the side get two more victories this weekend, against Argentina on Saturday and New Zealand on Sunday, rather than her milestone if selected.
Saturday 16 March 2019 – Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
Kookaburras v Argentina – 3pm, Hockeyroos v Argentina – 5pm
Sunday 17 March 2019 – Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
Kookaburras v New Zealand – 3pm, Hockeyroos v New Zealand – 5pm
*All times AEDT