Australia men's national field hockey team

The Australia men's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Kookaburras) is one of the nation's most successful top-level sporting teams. They are the only Australian team in any sport to receive medals at six straight Summer Olympic Games (1992–2012). The Kookaburras placed in the top four in every Olympics between 1980 and 2012; in 2016, the Kookaburras placed sixth.[2] They also won the Hockey World Cup in 1986, 2010 and 2014.

Australia
Australia
Nickname(s)The Kookaburras
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
Head CoachColin Batch
Assistant coach(s)Robert Hammond
Anthony Potter
ManagerMelissa Gey
CaptainEddie Ockenden
Aran Zalewski
Most capsEddie Ockenden (366)
Top scorerJamie Dwyer (244)
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Away
FIH ranking
Current 2 Steady (3 November 2021)[1]
Highest1 (2005, 2010–2011, 2014 – January 2017, December 2017 – July 2018, June 2019 – January 2020)
Lowest3 (2003)
Biggest win
Australia  35-0  Papua New Guinea
(Buderim, Australia; 11 September 2007)
Biggest defeat
Australia  1-12  India
(Melbourne, Australia; 17 August 1935)
Olympic Games
Appearances16 (first in 1956)
Best result1st (2004)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1971)
Best result1st (1986, 2010, 2014)
Oceania Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1999)
Best result1st (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)

The Kookaburras' inability to win an Olympic gold medal despite their perennial competitiveness, led many in the Australian hockey community to speak of a "curse" afflicting the team,[3] finally broken in 2004 with the win in Athens. However, they failed to win Gold after that after losses in subsequent Olympics including a loss to Belgium in the Gold Medal Match of 2020 Tokyo Olympics - the Kookaburras instead won the silver medal.[4]

HistoryEdit

Australia's first men's team competed in an international match in 1922.[5]

The first major competition won by the national team was the 1983 World Championships held in Karachi.[6]

ParticipationsEdit

Australia's first men's team competed at the Olympics in field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics.[6]

Australia did not medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics[7] or the 1988 Summer Olympics.[8] At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Australia earned a silver medal, losing gold to Germany.[9] At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Australia finished third, earning a bronze medal.[10]

The team won their first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Barry Dancer coached the side.[11]

Should Australia win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics they will become the first national team in field hockey history to hold all four international titles available to them simultaneously. They would hold titles in the 2012 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2011 Champions Trophy and their continental championship (2011 Oceania Cup) at the same time. Along with those four titles Australia also holds the Commonwealth Games title from the 2010 championships.

Tournament recordsEdit

Olympic Games[12]
Year Host city Position
1908   London, United Kingdom
1920   Antwerp, Belgium
1928   Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932   Los Angeles, United States
1936   Berlin, Germany
1948   London, United Kingdom
1952   Helsinki, Finland
1956   Melbourne, Australia 5th
1960   Rome, Italy 6th
1964   Tokyo, Japan 3rd
1968   Mexico City, Mexico 2nd
1972   Munich, Germany 5th
1976   Montreal, Canada 2nd
1980   Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984   Los Angeles, United States 4th
1988   Seoul, South Korea 4th
1992   Barcelona, Spain 2nd
1996   Atlanta, United States 3rd
2000   Sydney, Australia 3rd
2004   Athens, Greece 1st
2008   Beijing, China 3rd
2012   London, United Kingdom 3rd
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th
2020   Tokyo, Japan 2nd
2024   Paris, France TBD
2028   Los Angeles, United States TBD
2032   Brisbane, Australia TBD
World Cup[13]
Year Host city Position
1971   Barcelona, Spain 8th
1973   Amsterdam, Netherlands
1975   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 5th
1978   Buenos Aires, Argentina 3rd
1982   Bombay, India 3rd
1986   London, England 1st
1990   Lahore, Pakistan 3rd
1994   Sydney, Australia 3rd
1998   Utrecht, Netherlands 4th
2002   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd
2006   Mönchengladbach, Germany 2nd
2010   New Delhi, India 1st
2014   The Hague, Netherlands 1st
2018   Bhubaneswar, India 3rd
Champions Trophy[14]
Year Host city Position
1978   Lahore, Pakistan 2nd
1980   Karachi, Pakistan 3rd
1981   Karachi, Pakistan 2nd
1982   Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
1983   Karachi, Pakistan 1st
1984   Karachi, Pakistan 1st
1985   Perth, Australia 1st
1986   Lahore, Pakistan 2nd
1987   Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
1988   Lahore, Pakistan 3rd
1989   Berlin, West Germany 1st
1990   Melbourne, Australia 1st
1991   Berlin, Germany 4th
1992   Karachi, Pakistan 2nd
1993   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
1994   Lahore, Pakistan 4th
1995   Berlin, Germany 2nd
1996   Madras, India 6th
1997   Adelaide, Australia 2nd
1998   Lahore, Pakistan 3rd
1999   Brisbane, Australia 1st
2000   Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2001   Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd
2002   Cologne, Germany 5th
2003   Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2004   Lahore, Pakistan
2005   Chennai, India 1st
2006   Terrassa, Spain 4th
2007   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd
2008   Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st
2009   Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010   Mönchengladbach, Germany 1st
2011   Auckland, New Zealand 1st
2012   Melbourne, Australia 1st
2014   Bhubaneswar, India 3rd
2016   London, United Kingdom 1st
2018   Breda, Netherlands 1st
World League[15]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Semifinal   Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd
Final   New Delhi, India 4th
2014–15 Semifinal   Antwerp, Belgium 1st
Final   Raipur, India 1st
2016–17 Semifinal   Johannesburg, South Africa 3rd
Final   Bhubaneswar, India 1st
Commonwealth Games[16]
Year Host city Position
1998   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2002   Manchester, England 1st
2006   Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010   New Delhi, India 1st
2014   Glasgow, Scotland 1st
2018   Gold Coast, Australia 1st
Pro League[17]
Year Host city Position
2019   Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
2020–21 N/A 2nd
Oceania Cup[18]
Year Host city Position
1999   Brisbane, Australia 1st
2001   Melbourne, Australia 1st
2003   Christchurch & Wellington, New Zealand 1st
2005   Suva, Fiji 1st
2007   Buderim, Australia 1st
2009   Invercargill, New Zealand 1st
2011   Hobart, Australia 1st
2013   Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2015   Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2017   Sydney, Australia 1st
2019   Rockhampton, Australia 1st
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup[19]
Year Host city Position
1983   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
1985   Ipoh, Malaysia
1987   Ipoh, Malaysia
1991   Ipoh, Malaysia
1994   Penang, Malaysia 3rd
1995   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1996   Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd
1998   Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
1999   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2001   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
2003   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2005   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2006   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd
2007   Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2008   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009   Ipoh, Malaysia
2010   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
2011   Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2012   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013   Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2014   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2015   Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd
2016   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2017   Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd
2018   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st

TeamEdit

2020 Olympic squadEdit

The squad was announced on 14 June 2021.[20]

Head coach: Colin Batch[21]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps GoalsClub
1 MF Lachlan Sharp (1997-07-02)2 July 1997 (aged 24) 54 11   NSW Pride
2 MF Tom Craig (1995-09-03)3 September 1995 (aged 25) 101 29   NSW Pride
5 FW Tom Wickham (1990-05-26)26 May 1990 (aged 31) 59 27   Perth Thundersticks
6 DF Matt Dawson (1994-04-27)27 April 1994 (aged 27) 146 12   NSW Pride
10 MF Joshua Beltz (1995-04-24)24 April 1995 (aged 26) 46 3   Tassie Tigers
11 DF Eddie Ockenden (Co-captain) (1987-04-03)3 April 1987 (aged 34) 372 71   Tassie Tigers
12 MF Jacob Whetton (1991-06-15)15 June 1991 (aged 30) 209 65   Brisbane Blaze
13 FW Blake Govers (1996-07-06)6 July 1996 (aged 25) 103 89   NSW Pride
14 DF Dylan Martin (1998-01-12)12 January 1998 (aged 23) 6 0   NSW Pride
15 DF Joshua Simmonds (1995-10-04)4 October 1995 (aged 25) 24 1   HC Melbourne
16 DF Tim Howard (1996-06-23)23 June 1996 (aged 25) 66 1   Brisbane Blaze
17 MF Aran Zalewski (Co-captain) (1991-03-21)21 March 1991 (aged 30) 193 25   Perth Thundersticks
22 MF Flynn Ogilvie (1993-09-17)17 September 1993 (aged 27) 115 22   NSW Pride
23 MF Daniel Beale (1993-02-12)12 February 1993 (aged 28) 183 28   Brisbane Blaze
25 FW Trent Mitton (1990-11-26)26 November 1990 (aged 30) 177 82   Perth Thundersticks
29 FW Tim Brand (1998-11-29)29 November 1998 (aged 22) 45 18   NSW Pride
30 GK Andrew Charter (1987-03-30)30 March 1987 (aged 34) 185 0   Canberra Chill
32 DF Jeremy Hayward (1993-03-03)3 March 1993 (aged 28) 162 70   Tassie Tigers

The remainder of the 2021 national squad is as follows:[22]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Johan Durst (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 30) 3 0   HC Melbourne v.   India; 17 May 2019

DF Corey Weyer (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 25) 43 3   Brisbane Blaze v.   Argentina; 7 March 2020
DF Jake Harvie (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 23) 72 3   Perth Thundersticks v.   New Zealand; 30 May 2021

MF Kurt Lovett (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0   NSW Pride v.   India; 22 February 2020

FW Jack Welch (1997-10-26) 26 October 1997 (age 24) 10 3   Tassie Tigers v.   Argentina; 7 March 2020

Notable playersEdit

ResultsEdit

2021 Fixtures & ResultsEdit

2021 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
14 11 1 1 0 54 23 +31 37

Trans–Tasman SeriesEdit

27 May 2021 Match 1 New Zealand   1–3   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
17:30 Findlay   54' Report Brand   37'
Mitton   57'
Wickham   60'
Stadium: Massey University
28 May 2021 Match 2 New Zealand   0–3   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
17:30 Report Ephraums   12'
Govers   18'
Hayward   52'
Stadium: Massey University
30 May 2021 Match 3 New Zealand   2–4   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
15:00 Russell   20'
MacIntyre   26'
Report Mitton   7'
Hayward   8'
Govers   20'
Ephraums   36'
Stadium: Massey University
1 June 2021 Match 4 New Zealand   1–5   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
19:30 McAleese   28' Report Ephraums   3'
Wickham   13'54'
Hayward   48'
Anderson   53'
Stadium: Massey University

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

26 June 2021 Home 7 Australia   7–3   New Zealand Perth, Australia
12:30 Ogilvie   11'
Mitton   17'
Hayward   20'40'
Govers   38'
Whetton   52'
Brand   56'
Report Lane   21'
Jenness   34'
Wilson   41'
Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium
27 June 2021 Home 8 Australia   2–0   New Zealand Perth, Australia
12:30 Ephraums   11'
Govers   40'
Report Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium

XXXII Summer OlympicsEdit

24 July 2021 Pool Stage Japan   3–5   Australia Tokyo, Japan
09:30 K. Tanaka   22'27'
Kirishita   26'
Report Brand   11'
Craig   14'
Govers   31'
Zalewski   38'
Beale   50'
Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
25 July 2021 Pool Stage India   1–7   Australia Tokyo, Japan
18:30 Dilpreet   34' Report Beale   10'
Hayward   21'
Ogilvie   23'
Beltz   26'
Govers   40'42'
Brand   51'
Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
27 July 2021 Pool Stage Argentina   2–5   Australia Tokyo, Japan
09:30 Tolini   4'
Casella   55'
Report Govers   15'23'
Wickham   21'
Sharp   25'
Hayward   39'
Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
28 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia   4–2   New Zealand Tokyo, Japan
21:15 Brand   9'50'
Govers   55'
Wickham   57'
Report Russell   13'58' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
30 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia   1–1   Spain Tokyo, Japan
10:00 Wickham   18' Report Quemada   60' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
1 August 2021 Quarter-Finals Australia   2–2
(3–0 p)
  Netherlands Tokyo, Japan
12:00 Wickham   13'38' Report Van der Weerden   32'
Hertzberger   50'
Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
Penalties
Govers  
Ogilvie  
Brand  
  Hertzberger
  Kempermann
  De Geus
3 August 2021 Semi-Finals Australia   3–1   Germany Tokyo, Japan
19:00 Brand   7'
Govers   27'
Sharp   59'
Report Windfeder   10' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
5 August 2021 Gold Medal Match Australia   1-1
(2–3 p)
  Belgium Tokyo, Japan
19:00 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium

GoalscorersEdit

2021 Goalscoring Table
Pos. Player FG PC PS Total
1 Blake Govers 2 7 2 11
2 Thomas Wickham 6 2 0 8
3 Timothy Brand 7 0 0 7
Jeremy Hayward 0 7 0
5 Nathan Ephraums 3 1 0 4
6 Trent Mitton 3 0 0 3
7 Daniel Beale 1 1 0 2
Flynn Ogilvie 2 0 0
Lachlan Sharp 2 0 0
10 Jacob Anderson 0 1 0 1
Joshua Beltz 1 0 0
Thomas Craig 1 0 0
Jacob Whetton 1 0 0
Aran Zalewski 1 0 0
Total 30 19 2 51

FamilyEdit

Barry Dancer/Brent Dancer and Ric Charlesworth/Jonathan Charlesworth are two pairs of father as coach and son as player while both were affiliated with the national team in those positions.[11][23]

RecognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

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