Hockeyroos stalwarts call time on careers

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Triple Olympian Emily Chalker has announced her retirement from international hockey.
Camera IconTriple Olympian Emily Chalker has announced her retirement from international hockey. Credit: AP

Hockeyroos stalwarts Emily Chalker, Edwina Bone and Ashlee Wells have announced their retirements from international hockey after amassing 588 games between them.

At one stage the team captain, striker Chalker finishes as a triple Olympian with 88 goals from 255 internationals and medals at major tournaments including gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"The Olympics finished over six months ago and I only just came to the conclusion that it was time to finish up," said Chalker.

"When everyone started to go back to training and I wasn't ready to go back it was a clear indication it was the right time.

"I was never the most talented hockey player but I think I got the best out of myself, I tried hard, I absolutely love the game and I think that showed in the way I played."

Defender Bone competed at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics and became a mainstay, making 212 appearances.

"I'm grateful for every game I've played. I didn't think I was going to play one game for Australia let alone over 200," said Bone.

"Unfortunately I don't have another three years in me to be in contention for Paris in 2024. Even though I feel like I could keep playing, it's time for other girls to get some more experience, find their feet and win a medal in Paris."

For Wells, being a goalkeeper meant opportunities to play were often limited.

She was the reserve goalkeeper at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and played 123 internationals since her debut in 2011.

Wells recently returned to her hometown of Morwell in Victoria after her mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, something she says has put everything into perspective.

"I think what meant the most to me was being around the group and doing something I love," said Wells.

Due to COVID-19 situation, the 2022 Hockeyroos squad has yet to be selected.

Hockey Australia said state-based selection opportunities will be held in four capital cities over the coming weeks, with the final squad expected to be announced by February 20.

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