Parkes product Mariah Williams named in Hockeyroos squad for Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers

MOMENT OF TRUTH: Mariah Williams and her Hockeyroos have one last shot at qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Toyko. Photo: HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

MOMENT OF TRUTH: Mariah Williams and her Hockeyroos have one last shot at qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Toyko. Photo: HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

Parkes' Mariah Williams has been included in the Hockeyroos' 18-strong squad for this month's do-or-die Olympic qualifiers with Russia, the two-game series is the Australians' last chance to book their tickets to Tokyo.

Orange's Edwina Bone was also named, the central west duo and their Hockeyroos were forced into the last chance saloon after they narrowly lost to New Zealand on goal difference in last month's best-of-three Oceania Cup last month, the Black Sticks qualifying as a result.

Along with Williams and Bone, experienced South Australian defender Karri McMahon returns to the Hockeyroos' set-up after knee surgery last year, while NSW Pride forward Grace Stewart was included after being an emergency for the Oceania Cup.

"Karri is a quality athlete and has shown to be a quality performer," Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin said.

"She has been training well in our environment here and has also been playing very well for the Adelaide Fire in the Sultana Bran Hockey One League. There have been injuries to some of our other defenders, so an opportunity presents itself."

CENTRAL WEST: Edwina Bone from Orange has also been named in the Hockeyroos squad. Photo: HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

CENTRAL WEST: Edwina Bone from Orange has also been named in the Hockeyroos squad. Photo: HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

The Hockeyroos landed in Perth last Monday to begin their final preparations, after headlining the opening two rounds of the brand new Hockey One League.

The group is positive, Gaudoin said, as their moment of truth arrives, the Australians haven't missed any of the last nine Olympic Games.

"The results in the Oceania Cup were very close, they could have gone either way and it was obviously disappointing for us, but New Zealand are a very good team and it was always going to be a tough assignment as they have played in the semi finals at the last two Olympic Games," said Gaudoin.

"Fortunately we get another chance to qualify and we also get an opportunity to train together for a few more weeks in the lead up to these matches which is pleasing.

"Since the Oceania Cup the players have had a chance to refresh by playing in the Hockey One League which has been great, so I think we're in reasonable condition going into this event.

"I am confident with our group. One of the things that happened when we came off a loss in the qualifying series against New Zealand was that it does incite a bit of fire within everyone to get the result we need."

The Hockeyroos host Russia at Curtin University's Perth Hockey Stadium on Friday, October 25 from 6pm (AEDT) before backing up the day after at the same venue from 10pm.