Knock the Commonwealth crown off those smug Poms? Absolutely.
Ride waves of jingoism from a home crowd? Certainly.
Consider the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games a stepping-stone to future sporting glory? No bloody way.
Australia’s team boss Steve Moneghetti is imploring athletes to seize the Gold Coast days, for they might never come again.
“For a number of athletes, a Commonwealth Games is the only team they make,” Moneghetti told AAP.
“Don’t underestimate that.
“It’s not like this is just a stepping stone to Olympics.
“And some sports like netball, lawn bowls, squash, aren’t at the Olympics.
“For some athletes, this is the pinnacle of their career.
“So they need to embrace this moment, not have sights on future events.
“Seize the opportunity now because it’s a home Games in a beautiful place where everything is set up for them to perform well.”
About 470 Australian athletes will compete across 23 sports during the April 4-15 sporting extravaganza.
They have an over-riding goal: reclaim the head of the medal table from England.
Australia has held top billing at a dozen of the 20 editions of the Commonwealth Games; including six in a row from 1990.
Then the Poms pinched top spot four years ago in Glasgow – and Moneghetti says that’s simply not on.
“There’s no doubt we want to be number one in the overall medal tally,” he said.
Australia slipped in Glasgow, winning 49 gold medals, nine fewer than England, after table-topping hauls at previous Games – 74 in 2010; 84 in 2006; 82 in 2002; 80 in 1998; and the historic high of 87 golds in 1994.
But Moneghetti said pure numbers won’t define Australia’s success.
“For one sport, making the finals or the quarter-finals might be a success,” he said.
“But for sports like hockey, basketball, netball – they would think of nothing but getting to the gold medal match.
“So it’s relative to different sports and different athletes.”
The team sports mentioned will be almost demanded to deliver gold.
Australia’s men’s hockey team have won every Commonwealth Games gold medal offered – six of them; their female counterparts have four of five.
Cynics might suggest being hosts enabled Australia to put basketball back on the Games schedule. They may be right.
But it should deliver two more golds, given Australia won the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at the sport’s only previous Games appearance – which just happened to be the last home Games in Melbourne, 2006.
Australia’s netballers have won the past three world titles – surely, only England or those pesky New Zealanders stand in their way of Games gold.
Other teams, notably the women’s rugby sevens, carry gold medal expectations.
So will many Australian swimmers, who hold favouritism and an over-arching responsibility.
“Swimming is the first week and momentum is a very powerful thing,” Moneghetti said.
“If the swimmers kick us off to a nice start then that’s infectious, that will certainly spread across the team.”
Olympic champions Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton, and world renowned sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell are set to headline Australia’s swim team.
But one other athlete headlines the entire Games – local lass Sally Pearson.
The Olympic and world champion hurdler has coped with suffocating expectation many times.
But what about the youngsters – like sprint sensation Riley Day, who will turn 18 just days before the Games.
How will they handle the hype?
Moneghetti said athletes would walk a fine line between embracing the hype, and controlling it so performance doesn’t suffer.
“A home Games mean there are lots of things that are normalised for you,” he said.
“The one thing that isn’t normalised is suddenly having thousands of people you don’t know cheering your name or saying ‘good luck, bring back the gold’.
“We’re trying to have the athletes educated. We know it’s going to happen, there’s no point in denying it or blocking it out.
“You have got to run with it, use it in a positive way. But have it controlled.”
Moneghetti said Australians – from athletes to volunteers – also carried a wider charter on the Gold Coast, the first Commonwealth Games staged at a regional city.
“There’s 70 Commonwealth nations, we would like to think that everyone has the opportunity to host a Games,” he said.
“That seems like it has been unrealistic … but I think this model, whilst it seems more economically sound, will be more attractive to a wider number of countries of the Commonwealth.
“It’s a bit of a test case.
“Bring it on. We’re ready.
“You want to be a part of this because it’s life-changing.
“And we should never lose sight of the power of the Commonwealth Games and a home Games.”