Olympics not in Charlesworth's sights

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth has ruled out coaching on beyond next year's Commonwealth Games, saying the next Olympics is a bridge too far.

Charlesworth has been coach of the men's national hockey team since 2008, guiding the team to every tournament success bar the Olympic Games.

The Kookaburras were forced to settle for bronze at last year's London Olympics after suffering an upset loss to Germany in the semi-finals.

Olympic success with the Kookaburras also eluded Charlesworth during his decorated playing career, but the 61-year-old former cricketer has ruled out coaching on until the 2016 Games in Rio.

"My decision relates to how long I've been there. Six years is a long time," said Charlesworth, who guided the women's team, the Hockeyroos, to Olympic gold in 1996 and 2000.

"I think the team needs refreshments. I've got energy now, but Rio's a long way away."

Charlesworth has been busy preparing for this week's International Super Series in Perth starting on Thursday.

The Kookaburras will take on Argentina, Malaysia and Pakistan in the nine-a-side tournament, which features a host of experimental rules and larger goals.

The women's national team will face off against world No.2 Argentina, Malaysia and Canada, with the ABC broadcasting the event in Australia and Asia.

Charlesworth said the tournament was not only fun for the players, but would provide a good platform ahead of the October 30-November 3 Oceania Cup in New Zealand.

"It's been a while since we've been together playing internationals - since June," Charlesworth said.

"It's a really good opportunity to get people together, even though the format is different."

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