Source: The Mercury, 4 June, 1996, p.39
TASMANIA'S solitary Australian women's representative Bianca Langham is undecided whether she will play for Tasmania in this year's national league. Langham, who was a member of the Adelaide Suns team that won last year's national league, said she had been also approached by the South Australians to return for a second season. The 21-year-old midfielder has represented Australia in 25 Tests since making her international debut against New Zealand in 1994. "I have put my name down for both Tasmania and Adel- aide, but I won't be making a decision until later in the year," she said from Perth. "All I really want to concentrate on is finishing my stint at the Institute of Sport. "I'II be returning home to Tasmania in July if I don't make the Olympic team. "I suppose my chances of making the team are pretty slim at the moment but I suppose you've always got a chance." Langham was overlooked for the Hockeyroos tour of Europe. She last played for Australia against Japan in Darwin two months ago, but represented the Australian Youth team in an international series against Australia, New Zealand and Korea in Cairns in April. Tasmanian Women's Hockey Association president Yvonne Soundy said the state was a "99% chance" of taking part in the league. Entries for the league have been extended by a month until the end of June, but Soundy said preparations were well under way. "We are still pursuing sponsors very aggressively," she said. "We believe that with fundraising and sponsorship, entry should be in the reach of all our players. The response from players has been good and we are as committed as we always have been." Soundy said about 18 players had nominated to represent Tasmania. She hopes to name a team closer to the end of the season. This year's national league will comprise two pools of four teams. All matches will be played over one week in Sydney and Canberra.
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