SASI stars in Hockeyroos' successful bid for Tokyo

The Hockeyroos can book their tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after beating Russia in an Olympic qualifier in Perth

HOCKEYROOS and SASI graduates Jane Claxton and Karri McMahon enjoyed the thrill of being part of the Hockeyroos team which beat Russia to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The desperate final attempt by Australia to qualify for its 11th consecutive Olympic Games paid off in the two-match decider in Perth. There, the Hockeyroos won both games and on aggregate 9-2, after winning the first match 4-2 and then a 5-0 whitewash.

Claxton and McMahon were among the 18-player team chosen for the series, while Victorian Ashlee Wells, who plays for Adelaide Fire, also was in the squad.

For McMahon, 27, it was her first appearance for the Hockeyroos this season after undergoing knee surgery.

"My first time back in the green and gold in 11 months,'' she said

"And my amazing parents flew over to watch. What a thrill for all.''

Claxton, also 27, was ecstatic to be in the team and a chance to go to Tokyo.

"It was a very anxious and stressful few days, as you can imagine, Olympic dream relying on winning two matches'' Claxton said.

"We are now in a decentralized period until December where we will be coming back together for a heat week in Perth to help prepare for Tokyo.

"For now we are returning back to our home states to re-engage with our Hockey 1 teams.

"The Fire have guaranteed a spot in the finals so that will be another exciting opportunity.''

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