“The team is feeling confident after the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo and carry some good form into this weekend,” said coach Lachlan Hay, who was pleased with what he saw in Japan.
Despite the modest results in Japan, Hay is expecting better in Rotterdam.
“They learned more during that competition and have made a point of bringing that with them,” he said.
“With where they are at now, I have big expectations.”
Lockett is entering the Championships with a point to prove. The 21-year-old matched her best-ever placing at a World Cup when she finished fourth in the women’s 1,000m at the World Cup in Dresden, Germany earlier in the year.
Working on a more aggressive style, the Sochi 2014 Olympian wants to return to her fourth-place form or better.
“Deanna has taken some lessons [from Sapporo] and is working to be a bigger force within the race,” said Hay.
“I’m expecting to see her claim her position and stand her ground more firmly - to have more confidence in her aggression this weekend.”
Hay is looking toward qualification for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.
“All the short track athletes have done a great job staying grounded and focused on the job at hand. They have progressed and are in a place now to build to the qualifying events at the end of 2017.”
Lockett, Boda and Jung will compete in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m events.
Heats begin late Friday evening (AEDT) and can be watched live on the International Skating Union (ISU) YouTube channel at http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/isu/Short%20Track%20Speed%20Skating/