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Kate Hollywood and Casey Eastham - Hockeyroos

Author: Words Emma Quayle
Date: 04/06/2009
Words: 205
Source: SMH
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Sport & Style
Page: 11
Kate Hollywood (left) and Casey Eastham are the golden-haired pair of the Hockeyroos. Hollywood, 23, and Eastham, 20, make up the midfield of the new-look Australian team.

The duo has taken on the mantle of senior players. "All of a sudden, we're experienced," says Hollywood, who will play her 100th international this year. "It's sort of all up to us now."

Eastham went from idolising the Hockeyroos to being one of them in the space of four years. "[At 14] I went up and got all their autographs ... to go from that to playing in the same team as them was amazing."

They are both driven to improve their game. Eastham is desperate to learn more about opposition teams; Hollywood wants to get fitter, smarter and a little bit better at everything. "There's so many aspects of my game I'm trying to work really hard on. I don't think I'll ever be happy with my game," says Hollywood.

The Hockeyroos are heading off to South Africa in June. "It's a bit of a scary time with so many great players leaving, but it also brings some excitement and enthusiasm back into the team," says Eastham.

The Hockeyroos play in the Champions Trophy tournament from July 11-19 in Sydney.

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