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Fans the winners in new-style hockey series
Young Hockeyroos' star Anna Flanagan, in Perth for the 2012 International Super Series Hockey 9's. Picture: Dione Davidson/The West Australian

Young Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan has urged West Australians to get behind hockey's answer to Twenty20 cricket as the International Super Series Hockey 9s begins at Perth Hockey Stadium tonight.

Flanagan said spectators would be treated to plenty of goals and fast-paced, free-flowing hockey, adding that the series had become a world-first as nine-a-side teams faced off in 20-minute halves with bigger goals.

"It is a lot of fun and hopefully we can broaden the fan base of hockey," Flanagan, 20, said. "We don't get a lot of support at the moment but hockey is awesome to watch - you just have to look at the support we got at the Olympics."

The first series was held as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last year.

"After this, I think we will see this form of the game more often," Flanagan said.

Flanagan, who will represent the Australian under-21 Jillaroos in the series, said though she was still one of the younger players in the national squad, she had plenty of experience after first being selected as a 17-year-old.

She said she had fallen in love with Perth since moving from Canberra two years ago.

The weekend series has highly ranked international men's teams England, Pakistan and India set to face the Kookaburras, with Malaysia to take on the Hockeyroos and Jillaroos in the women's draw.

The West Australian

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