Golden dream ... Anna Flanagan. Photo: Colleen Petch
Memories of winning her Commonwealth Games gold medal have Anna Flanagan desperate to do the same at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
And while she's on the verge of playing her 100th game for the Hockeyroos, the 21-year-old Canberran says it ''still feels like the beginning''.
Flanagan travelled to New Zealand on Sunday to play in the Oceania Cup against the Kiwis, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
The defender was sitting on 97 caps for Australia and should bring up the century in the final round-robin game before the final.
But the World Young Player of the Year was more focused on trying to help Australia climb back up from its No. 5 world ranking.
''We won the Comm Games in 2010, you can't beat that winning feeling and that's still one of the highlights [of my career],'' Flanagan said.
''Getting a taste of that has really motivated me for the future.''
At 21, Flanagan will be one of the youngest Hockeyroos to reach the 100-game milestone.
''There's so much I want to do and so much I need to improve on and it almost still feels like the beginning in a way because there is so much work to be done,'' Flanagan said. ''The ultimate goal is to win the [Olympic] gold medal.''
Fellow Canberran Edwina Bone also made the squad for the Oceania Cup.