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Five Canberra hockey stars off to Commonwealth Games, but Turner misses

Canberra Lakers striker Glenn Turner is disappointed he missed out on the Kookaburras' Commonwealth Games squad, but if Australia's emphatic World Cup victory is his last international appearance  then he couldn't ask for a better send-off.

Five hockey players from the Canberra region have been selected to represent Australia at next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but Turner's omission wasn't the only major shock with Kookaburras legend Jamie Dwyer also overlooked.

Dwyer's absence sparked fears the international career of one of the game's all-time greats could be over after the 35-year-old recently expressed his desire to go to Glasgow.

The five-time world player of the year needs just one more appearance to set a new Kookaburras record of 322 caps.

Canberra goalkeeper Andrew Charter, who experienced heartache when he narrowly missed out on the London Olympic Games team two years ago, was picked for the Kookaburras, while superstar Anna Flanagan, Edwina Bone, Kellie White and Emily Smith will all suit up for the Hockeyroos, who finished with silver at the World Cup.

Both teams will be shooting for gold in Glasgow as they look to defend their Commonwealth Games crowns following gold medals in Delhi in 2010.


Turner, who scored a goal in the Kookaburras' 6-1 rout of The Netherlands in the World Cup final less than two weeks ago, said the door was still open and he'll make a decision on whether he wants to press on to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later in the year.

While the 30-year-old wanted to go to Glasgow, he understood the reasons behind his omission, with a younger squad selected with one eye on the future.

His mum, dad and aunty were all planning to go to Scotland before Turner warned them changes could be afoot.

But there was one massive positive for Turner. He's only spent four weeks at his Goulburn home with his young family so far this year and will now get to spend more time with his 15-month-old son Bodhi.

"I'd love to go, but after I knew I wasn't going it's hard to top what we did [at the World Cup]," Turner said.

"Going to the Comm Games would be so much fun and hopefully the guys will win.

"To me, we're top of the world at the moment ... if I don't ever play for Australia again I'll be happy. But who knows, a couple of month's rest and I could get the bug back."

Turner was looking forward to playing club hockey with Goulburn in the Hockey ACT's capital league 1, with an eye on helping the Lakers to an Australian Hockey League title in Melbourne in September.

He said retired super coach Ric Charlesworth had left big boots to fill, but was confident he's left a good system in place to ensure ongoing Kookaburras success.

Turner said Charter had clearly established himself as Australia's, if not the world's, best keeper.

"At the World Cup it was just so good to watch him perform the way we know he can," Turner said.

"He was most people's pick as the goalkeeper of the tournament, he didn't get the award, but he was definitely  my pick."

KOOKABURRAS SQUAD: Daniel Beale, Andrew Charter (GK), Chris Ciriello, Matt Gohdes, Kieran Govers, Jeremy Hayward, Fergus Kavanagh, Mark Knowles, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Simon Orchard, Andrew Philpott, Matthew Swann, Jake Whetton, Tristan White, Aran Zalewski.

HOCKEYROOS SQUAD: Madonna Blyth, Edwina Bone, Jane Claxton, Casey Eastham, Anna Flanagan, Kate Jenner, Jodie Kenny, Rachael Lynch (GK), Karri McMahon, Georgia Nanscawen, Ashleigh Nelson, Georgie Parker, Brooke Peris, Emily Smith, Jayde Taylor, Kellie White.