Former golden girl Anna Flanagan says she is ready for Hockeyroos recall
Former Hockeyroos star Anna Flanagan has declared she has done enough to relaunch her Australian career after 12 months away from the national side.
Flanagan endured a tumultuous 2016 which included a drink driving conviction and taking an indefinite break from hockey following a "breach of team protocols" in November.
The Canberra export kept her drinking driving secret from Hockey Australia officials which saw her miss the Hockeyroos' Rio Olympics campaign, instead watching from the sideline as a reserve.
Flanagan lost her licence for 10 months and was fined $1000 in what marked an enormous fall from grace for the former golden girl of Australian hockey.
The 25-year-old earned her spot back in the team after Rio and was a star again until it was revealed she had breached team protocols and was taking a break to battle "ongoing health issues".
Flanagan admitted she was ready to leave hockey for good but instead vowed to learn from her mistakes and mount a comeback ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
After taking an eight-month break from the sport she returned to the national setup on a visiting athlete scholarship for a 10-day training camp in August.
Flanagan rediscovered her love for the game and captained the Canberra Strikers to sixth place at the Australian Hockey League championships in Perth last week.
The two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist believes she did enough to earn a national recall and add to her 166 Hockeyroos appearances.
"I think that was one of the best AHL tournaments I've played," Flannagan said.
"Coming in there was a fair bit of pressure to perform as I was vying for national selection, but with the help of my coaches I just really enjoyed it and played my role and left everything out there.
"I was really happy with how I played and am pretty confident in my ability in terms of adding a lot that national group, so it's up to the the selectors now.
"I think I have done enough but you never know and now it's a bit of waiting game."
It was a tough start to week for the Strikers but they bounced back to win their final three games, including a 2-0 victory against India on Saturday.
Flanagan said two major injuries before the tournament to Hockeyroos star Edwin Bone and their German import proved costly.
"Two losses, two draws and three wins is one of those weird layouts but I think losing our first game 4-2 after being up 2-0 really impacted us," Flanagan said.
"We came good towards the end but it was a bit too little too late and that sort of shows a little bit of a lack of experience with a new team.
"With our style of hockey we showed we could basically beat anyone, we drew with Queensland who were in the final and we could very well have won that game.
"We learnt a lot after the first few games and we finished with three wins which is a pretty awesome feat considering our backs were against the wall early, so I'm pretty proud."
The tournament may have marked the last for the Canberra side with the championships moving to a franchise format next year.
"A few of us have been together for five years now and we've built something pretty strong but the whole comp is changing so it might have been the last time the Strikers play together," Flanagan said.
"It's going to be totally different and I'm not sure exactly how it looks or if Canberra will be one of the franchises, so it was bit sad."
The Canberra Lakers fell to New Zealand 4-2 in their final hit-out on Saturday.