NEWDIRECTIONS:Kookaburra captain Brent Livermore talks in Grafton yesterday about his new role in the team.Photo: SIMONHUGHES.
NEWDIRECTIONS:Kookaburra captain Brent Livermore talks in Grafton yesterday about his new role in the team.Photo: SIMONHUGHES.

Brent: goal driven

Livermore in the forward line for Comm Games

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE AUSTRALIAN men's hockey team is looking to pick up a third successive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games next month and if that happens on March 26, it is likely that captain Brent Livermore will get more than a medal.

His wife Belinda is expecting their second child on the day of the finals.

"I've spoken to the coach and we have a contingency plan in place. After the finals I'll zip up there but if it happens before she's due, then I'll probably just have to miss it," he said yesterday.

With a change of position on the cards for the hockey veteran, originally from Grafton, fans could see more goals scored by Livermore in the coming matches.

Livermore said yesterday that he would swap from his usual position of centre midfield to inside forward, allowing him to develop his attacking game.

"It will give me a licence to go out and play up the front, attacking more, rather then being there and controlling the team," he said.

"It will be good. I was supposed to play up the front in the Champions League Trophy recently ? but the guy who was going to take up my position at centre half broke his collarbone ? so I'd trained for six weeks and then six days before the competition I had to slot back in again. But it wasn't too bad."

Livermore will head to Perth on March 1 with his teammates as they begin an intensive 10-day squad camp.

The team will arrive at the Commonwealth Games Village in Melbourne on March 11.

"Our first match is against Scotland. We're not expecting it to be a hard match but it's tough mentally because you can't go in under-prepared," he said.

"After that we're up against South Africa, Great Britain and New Zealand (who) are always tough and there's always a lot of rivalry there between us.

"We're really hoping for a third gold medal ? and to be able to do that on home soil in front of our home crowd would be fantastic. This will be the biggest sporting event in the country since the Sydney Olympics, and the biggest in Melbourne since the '56 Olympics, so I'm really looking forward to it."



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