Hockeyroos relish golden game with Poms

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The Hockeyroos know all of England will be against them in their gold medal stoush at the Commonwealth Games.

And they wouldn't have it any other way.

Australia's women's hockey team are relishing the 'us against them' script when meeting the Poms on home turf in Birmingham on Sunday.

"Fantastic," Hockeyroos coach Katrina Powell told AAP of the prospect of playing in front of a pro-England capacity crowd.

Powell pointed to the mental strength demonstrated by Rosie Malone in Australia's nerve-jangling semi-final triumph over India.

After scores were locked 1-1 at full-time, the Australians went into a penalty shootout and Malone was tasked with the first shot.

Malone missed but was gifted another shot because the venue's countdown clock wasn't working, much to the angst of a pro-Indian crowd. She scored and Australia won the controversial shootout 3-0.

"That resilience, if Rosie can take that on herself, we can take that on as a team in the final," Powell said.

"We have recent experience of playing a quarter-final against a Spanish team at home in a big stadium so that will only add to it."

That fixture was in mid-July in a World Cup quarter-final when Australia downed Spain 2-0.

Powell said her side's mental strength had grown on their lengthy tour and would again be summoned in the Birmingham battle for Commonwealth gold.

"It has been a really long tour for us and the team have been building as we have gone," Powell said.

"It is hard to know on a long tour which way it's going to go. But we have been building, growing, learning.

"And this final, it's really just another opportunity to showcase what we have been doing."

The Hockeyroos have won four golds from the six editions of the Games - two of those triumphs have been against England.

What would another one mean on Sunday?

"That would be fabulous," Powell said.

"Icing on the cake for a really successful tour for the Hockeyroos.

"Silver, gold - whilst we are happy with a medal, we're not yet satisfied."

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