Friday 25 January 2019 | Tasmanian Kookaburras defender Josh Beltz has this week returning to full training ahead of the FIH Pro League matches in Melbourne and Hobart following a finger injury.
Beltz broke his finger when he was a shadow player at the 2018 World Cup in India in December, forcing him to return to Australia prematurely.
The 23-year-old has never represented his country in his native Hobart before, and is desperate to be part of the Kookaburras side which will play Germany in Tasmania on Sunday 10 February.
The Kookaburras resumed training in Perth on Monday 14 January following a month-long break. The side will travel to Melbourne on Thursday 31 January ahead of the first games against World Cup finalists Netherlands and Belgium which will be broadcast on FOXSPORTS.
The side will then travel to Tasmania on Monday 4 February for a week-long camp. The FIH Pro League in Hobart is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.
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Beltz on the Kookaburras returning to training:
“It’s been going really well. It’s great to see the group back together after the Christmas break. Everyone is looking forward to the FIH Pro League.”
Beltz on his finger injury:
“I copped a stick towards the end of last year. I’m fully back into training now and really enjoying it. I’ve got to wear a bigger glove now but that’s it.”
Beltz on playing for Australia in his native Hobart:
“I’d love to play. It’s always good playing in Tassie whether it be for club or state. I’ve never played internationally there so that’d be really really special. I’m doing everything I can, I’m working hard so hopefully I can make the team.”
Beltz on the new FIH Pro League:
“It’s a new format that no one has played before. The coaches or staff haven’t seen it before. It’s a bit of an unknown but that brings energy and excitement. Everyone is really looing forward to giving it a red hot crack.”
Beltz on playing last month’s World Cup finalists Netherlands & Belgium in the first fixtures in Melbourne:
“Getting to play those quality European opposition so early in the year is going to be really good. I think we want to get a bit of revenge on the Dutch on home soil. Playing against Belgium, the world champions, there’s no better team to play. We’ll looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do.”
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