Kate Hollywood's glamorous image has often overshadowed her ability as a hockey player, something she is determined to change as she positions herself for future selection.

The 24-year-old has represented Australia for six years but was demoted to the development squad when new coach Adam Commens reshuffled the line-up a month ago.

A member of the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing and a gold medallist at the past two Commonwealth Games, Hollywood has been challenged to take on a new role in defence to win her way back.

Speaking for the first time since her axing, Hollywood said her omission wasn't a major shock.

"I had a position change leading into the selection camp and playing in a new role is something I have to develop and get better at," she said.

"Moving from the midfield to the defence, where I have not played for eight years, has been a bit of a challenge but something I have enjoyed."

Hollywood can show how well she has adapted in Australia A's last match against France at Curtin University tonight.

Commens, who has just returned from Argentina in his first trip as coach, said the Hockeyroos' results against world No.1 Argentina and No.3 Germany were encouraging.

"Our initial thoughts were that we performed well and now have a platform to work from leading into the Champions Trophy in Amsterdam in July," he said.

"However, it was really clear that we have significant ground to make up on the top nations.

"We will need to work efficiently and productively over the next few months if we are going to be a threat of making the podium at the Champions Trophy, but the players and coaching staff all have a positive mindset that that can be achieved."

Australia won three, drew three and lost two matches while away and did not expect much better.

"In fairness, we had eight debutants and we were by far the least experienced team and that is a positive going forward," Commens said.

He said this week's games against France were important for players wanting to make their way back into the senior squad.

The West Australian

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