“We have some internationals who none of us had played with before and Europeans play a different style, so it was good learning how to play with them and taking confidence from it.
“We notoriously don’t go that bad against Queensland, it should be a really competitive match, they’re a quality outfit but I think we have a good chance of winning with the home crowd advantage.
“Yeah we can [win the AHL], especially with the new format, if you can capitalise in your pump plays and just having the opportunity to get two points from one goal makes it a bit more unpredictable.”
The match marks Commerford’s first AHL game in front of a home-crowd and she backed Canberra fans to fill the 2000-seat arena in Lyneham.
“It’s the first time I’ve played any nationals in Canberra and I’m really looking forward to it, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever played with a home-crowd advantage and I’m sure it helps with momentum,” Commerford said.
“I heard ticket sales are going okay and it will be good to get some kids watching as well, I remember when I was younger watching AHL games, it was definitely a motivator in what I wanted to do in my career and gave me something to work towards.”
Commerford has recently returned from a hamstring injury and not only wants to lift her first AHL trophy but also ensure she’s in the Hockeyroos squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy.
“Straight after AHL the squad is picked so I want to win for the ACT but perform for Hockeyroos selection and hopefully keep developing my skills working towards Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games],” Commerford said.
CANBERRA STRIKERS AHL SCHEDULE
Week 1: Canberra Strikers 3 bt Tassie Van Demons 0
Week 2: Canberra Strikers v Queensland at ACT Hockey Centre on October 14, 1pm.
Week 3: Canberra Strikers v NSW at ACT Hockey Centre on October 12, 2pm.
Week 4: AHL Finals at the Gold Coast.
Eamonn Tiernan is a sports reporter with The Canberra Times