Three Murdoch students have earned their place on a team that has been regarded as one of the nation's greatest sporting teams of all time – the Hockeyroos.
Hope Munro, Toni Cronk and Casey Eastham have all earned their spots on the Australian Women’s Hockey team that will compete at the London Olympic Games later this month.
The Hockeyroos head to London with high hopes they will return with a medal in 2012.
Goal keeper Toni Cronk, who is undertaking a Master of Arts in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning, is the only player left from the team that played at the Athens Games in 2004. She is set to represent her country at her third Olympics.
“We have been training fulltime as a group since January this year and every day is a selection,” Toni said.
“We train and play games against each other and internationally over this period. I am over the moon to have the opportunity to go to the Olympics and represent my country.”
Casey Eastham, who is studying Primary Teaching, was the baby of the Beijing Games but is now part of the Hockeyroos’ leadership group.
“It will be my second Olympics, but I am just as excited if not more this time, as I know what to expect,” Casey said.
The Murdoch Hockeyroo trio is rounded off by Hope Munro, who is studying a Bachelor in Education.
Hope, who is expected to play a pivotal role in the midfield, has returned to the top of her game after taking a break from hockey to start a family.
There are five elite level hockey players currently enrolled at Murdoch University through the elite athlete program.