As the Black Sticks celebrated their gold medal, the Hockeyroos were huddled together on the field with Smith leading the talks as she tried to rally the players, who were devastated over the loss. 

"I just told them to be proud we got that far in the tournament with the hard grinds we had to do so we stood on that podium with pride," Smith said.

"We take away a silver medal, although it is disappointing, going back into we can use it as motivation that next time we are in that situation.

"We don't just let it slide, we learn from it and take what we've learnt and be able to execute it in the big games," she said.

Tears rolled down the players faces as they made their way back to their dressing rooms to prepare for the medal ceremony.

As the medal ceremony begun, they stepped up on to the podium with pride knowing they did all they could in the match to try win.

It was the first Commonwealth Games for 10 members of the team but Smith, who was only named captain in September 2017, said that shouldn't be an excuse.

"We didn't want to use that as an excuse coming into the tournament so I'm proud we managed to get to the final," she said.

"For this young group to make it so far is something we can take a lot of confidence from and going forward will drive us at training and into the next big tournament," Smith added.

The World Cup in July will be the next major tournament for the Hockeyroos where they are in the same group with New Zealand and are the runners-up from four years ago.