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Goulburn's Glenn Turner targets Olympic hockey redemption with Kookaburras

Glenn Turner is eyeing Olympic redemption.

Glenn Turner is eyeing Olympic redemption. Photo: Iain Gillespie

Goulburn's Glenn Turner has fond memories from four years ago of a hockey world cup where he entrenched himself in Australia's gold medal-winning line-up.

And while back-to-back crowns would add to the Kookaburras' legacy, Turner is keen to help them return to the top of the Olympic podium in two years. 

Australia won gold at the 2004 Games in Athens, but had to settle for bronze the past two Olympics. 

Turner wants to be there for a shot at redemption at Rio in 2016, but the uncertainty over the coaching role could have a major bearing. 

Ric Charlesworth has announced he will step down as Kookaburras coach after the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, after which the search for a replacement will begin. 

"With the new coaching coming in, you just can't tell,'' Turner said before the Kookaburras head to The Hague on Monday morning.

"After this I'll be back helping Goulburn in the Canberra comp, then I'll talk to the new coach and see where I go from there. 

"At the last Olympics we only lost one game, the semi-final [against Germany], and that really hurts. 

"Apart from a couple of niggles, my body is holding up well, and as long as I'm in form and enjoying it I'll definitely be staying on [for the next Olympics].''

The striker's immediate focus is on ensuring he returns home with the same colour medal around his neck in Holland. 

"The last world cup I ended up highest field-goal scorer in the competition - it was my first massive event,''  the 30-year-old said.

"There's only been two countries go back-to-back and it would be a major achievement, but there's about eight sides who could win it. 

"We're not thinking about the Olympics, everyone's head down and focusing on this world cup at this stage.''

Canberra product Anna Flanagan and Crookwell duo Kellie White and Emily Smith are part of a Hockeyroos team featuring just seven members that finished fifth in 2010.

Flanagan scored off two penalty corner in a polished 4-2 warm-up victory over England this week. 

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