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Malone gets Hockeyroos World Cup call

By AAP Newswire

Exciting newcomer Rosie Malone's decision to choose hockey over a potential W-League career has been rewarded with Hockeyroos' selection for next month's World Cup in London.

The 20-year-old striker missed out on the Commonwealth Games silver medal campaign in April after making her senior debut earlier in the year.

However she has made a strong impression in a previously-misfiring forward line during the recent Tri-Nations tournament win in New Zealand, where the Hockeyroos avenged their Games final defeat with a 4-1 victory over the Blacks Sticks in the decider.

Malone, a youth soccer prodigy, was reportedly offered a W-League trial but opted to join hockey's national squad program in Perth.

She's one of several new faces added to world No.5-ranked Australia's World Cup squad by coach Paul Gaudoin.

Midfielders Kalindi Commerford and Kristina Bates also both earnt selection on the back of strong performances in New Zealand.

Central defender Georgina Morgan returns after an extended period of injury, providing another option to the penalty corner attack with her drag flicking skills.

"It's an exciting team with some new faces," said Gaudoin.

"Midfielder Jane Claxton will be missed due to injury, but it provides a great opportunity for new talent to stake a claim for midfield positions."

Australia finished second at the last Women's World Cup, played in the Netherlands in 2014, after being defeated by the host nation 2-0.

Having played in 10 World Cups since 1981, the Hockeyroos have claimed gold twice (1994 and 1998), silver three times (1990, 2006 and 2014) and bronze once (1983).

Hockeyroos World Cup squad: Jocelyn Bartram, Kristina Bates, Edwina Bone (ACT), Kalindi Commerford, Madison Fitzpatrick, Emily Hurtz, Jodie Kenny, Stephanie Kershaw, Rachael Lynch, Rosie Malone, Karri McMahon, Georgina Morgan, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Kathryn Slattery, Emily Smith, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor.

Hockeyroos' World Cup schedule (all times AEST)

July 22: Australia v Japan 5am

July 25: Australia v Belgium 9am

July 29: Australia v New Zealand 5am

August 1-2: quarter-finals

August 4: semi-finals

August 5: Bronze medal match 2pm

August 5: Gold medal match 4.30pm