Ipswich hockey player Jordyn Holzberger representing Australia against India at the 2013 Junior World Cup.
Ipswich hockey player Jordyn Holzberger representing Australia against India at the 2013 Junior World Cup. Frank Uijlenbroek

Timely Aussie tour for Ipswich’s Jordyn

WHEN Ipswich's international player Jordyn Holzberger heads to England this morning, she will be keen to make a fresh start.

Holzberger has been chosen in the Australian under-23 side for her latest national hockey tour after enjoying a break from playing.

Having represented Australia 34 times, Holzberger could be considered a veteran of the national squad.

But at 22, she has plenty of opportunities ahead of her after battling some untimely setbacks in recent years.

"It's been a little while,'' she said of representing her country.

"I've been in the development squad but I've had a lot of injuries. It's good to get back into it.''

Holzberger was busy packing her bags and getting organised for her latest trip when making a quick call.

She'll start with a camp and watching the Hockeyroos contest the latest Champions Trophy in London before under-23 matches against British and Dutch sides.

Having contested national open and under-21 titles for a number of years, she's keen to use the tour to help prepare for future Women's Australian Hockey League tournaments.

The Yamanto-based sportswoman would also like to return to Perth, Australia's hockey headquarters, having completed a scholarship there before her break.

"I've had a bit of a break, which mentally I needed, and now it's a stepping stone,'' she said of the English opportunity.

"Now I'll just go back over to Perth and perform well away at the AHL hopefully.''

Hancock Brothers product Holzberger has been playing for Valleys in the Brisbane competition since returning from her break.

The 2013 Australian Jillaroos Junior World Cup midfielder said that had helped her rebuild her motivation for higher honours.

"They are a good group of girls and we all get along so it's good,'' she said.

Holzberger first toured England as a teenager with the Australian Schoolgirls side.

On that occasion, she played in each of Australia's seven tour victories, including scoring the winning goal in the under-18 Test match against England.

Holzberger has made about four hockey trips to England since, having progressed to open ranks.

However, returning this time, she'll be playing eager to re-establish herself in a future Hockeyroos side.