The weight of expectation is set to drive the women's Black Sticks on their quest for success at the Olympics.

The team is currently en route to Rio where they will hope to put a disappointing build up behind them.

After finishing dead last at the recent champions trophy tournament, defender Samantha Charlton says the team is feeling pressure to perform.

Charlton missed the champions trophy through injury, and says the prospect of being able to win a medal is really exciting and she can't wait to get stuck into everything.


She is hoping it will be a case of second time lucky at the Olympics.

Charlton made her Olympic debut in 2012 as a fresh faced 20 year old in London.

The Black Sticks finished agonizingly short of a medal in London and Charlton says she will play a more senior role in Rio.

The Black sticks will play a couple of warm up games in Argentina before continuing to Rio.