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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 the last six 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.

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Australia
NicknameKookaburras
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachColin Batch
Assistant coach(es)Anthony Potter
ManagerNathan Eglington
CaptainEddie Ockenden
Aran Zalewski
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FIH ranking
Current 1 Increase 1 (30 June 2019)[1]
Highest1 (2005, 2010–2011, 2014 – January 2017, December 2017 – July 2018, June 2019 – present)
Lowest3 (2003)
Summer Olympics
Appearances15 (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 (1999–2017)
Australia at the 2008 Olympics
Australia at the 2012 Olympics

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.

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HistoryEdit

Australia's first men's team competed in an international match in 1922.[4]

The first major competition won by the national team was the 1983 World Championships held in Karachi.[5]

ParticipationsEdit

Australia's first men's team competed at the Olympics in field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics.[5]

Australia did not medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics[6] or the 1988 Summer Olympics.[7] At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Australia earned a silver medal, losing gold to Germany.[8] At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Australia finished third, earning a bronze medal.[9]

The team won their first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Barry Dancer coached the side.[10]

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

World Cup[11]
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[12]
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[13]
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[14]
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[15]
Year Host city Position
2019   Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
Olympic Games[16]
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 TBD
2024   Paris, France TBD
2028   Los Angeles, United States TBD
Oceania Cup[17]
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 Qualified
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup[18]
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

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players were named in the Australia squad for the test match against Japan on 7 August 2019, in Osaka-fu, Japan.[19]

Caps and goals are current as of 7 August 2019 after the match against the Japan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
24 1GK Tyler Lovell (1987-05-23) 23 May 1987 (age 32) 140 0   YMCA
30 1GK Andrew Charter (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 32) 175 0   UWA

3 2DF Corey Weyer (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 23) 35 3   Curtin University HC
4 2DF Jake Harvie (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21) 61 3   Westside Wolves
6 2DF Matthew Dawson (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 25) 129 12   Victoria Park
10 2DF Joshua Beltz (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 24) 39 3   Hale
16 2DF Tim Howard (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 23) 51 1   Curtin University HC
32 2DF Jeremy Hayward (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 26) 146 62   Old Aquinians

2 3MF Tom Craig (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 23) 94 26   Old Guildford
11 3MF Eddie Ockenden (C) (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 32) 355 70   YMCA
17 3MF Aran Zalewski (C) (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28) 180 23   Old Aquinians
22 3MF Flynn Ogilvie (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 100 21   Fremantle
23 3MF Daniel Beale (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 26) 168 28   Westside Wolves

9 4FW Jacob Anderson (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 22) 16 8   Old Guildford
12 4FW Jacob Whetton (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 28) 194 64   Victoria Park
13 4FW Blake Govers (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 23) 94 79   Old Aquinians
25 4FW Trent Mitton (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 28) 168 75   WASPS
29 4FW Timothy Brand (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 20) 31 13   Melville City

The remainder of the 2019 national squad is as follows:[20]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Johan Durst (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Fremantle v.   India; May 17, 2019

DF Joshua Simmonds (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 23) 15 0   North Coast Raiders v.   Belgium; June 30, 2019
DF Matthew Swann (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989 (age 30) 195 7   WASPS v.   Belgium; June 30, 2019

MF Lachlan Sharp (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 22) 42 8   Melville City v.   Belgium; June 30, 2019
MF Jack Hayes (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 25) 4 0   North Coast Raiders v.   Netherlands; June 22, 2019

FW Tom Wickham (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 29) 45 19   UWA v.   New Zealand; March 17, 2019
FW Aaron Kleinschmidt (1989-10-01) 1 October 1989 (age 29) 66 23   UWA v.   Argentina; May 4, 2019
FW Jack Welch (1997-10-26) 26 October 1997 (age 21) 8 2   Hale v.   New Zealand; March 17, 2019
FW Dylan Wotherspoon (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 26) 86 30   Labrador v.   New Zealand; April 25, 2019

Notable playersEdit

ResultsEdit

2019 Fixtures & ResultsEdit

2019 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
18 14 0 2 2 58 31 +27 44

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

India Test SeriesEdit

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

Japan Test MatchEdit

Oceania CupEdit

2019 Goalscoring TableEdit

Scorers
Rank Player FG PC PS Total
1 Blake Govers 4 6 5 15
2 Jeremy Hayward 0 8 0 8
3 Jacob Anderson 6 0 0 6
4 Timothy Brand 5 0 0 5
Trent Mitton 5 0 0
6 Daniel Beale 3 0 0 3
Tom Craig 3 0 0
Flynn Ogilvie 3 0 0
Tom Wickham 3 0 0
10 Lachlan Sharp 2 0 0 2
11 Jake Harvie 1 0 0 1
Eddie Ockenden 1 0 0
Jack Welch 1 0 0
Corey Weyer 1 0 0
Dylan Wotherspoon 0 1 0
Total 38 15 5 58

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.[10][21]

RecognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings June 2019 – Men" (PDF). FIH. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  2. ^ ABC (15 August 2016). "Rio 2016: Australia's Kookaburras and Sharks knocked out of men's hockey and water polo". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Kookaburras ready to toss the monkey". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 August 2004. Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ Epstein, Jackie (21 October 2009). "Dwyer breaks free of Holland binds – Australia always comes first". Herald Sun. Melbourne, Australia. p. 76. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. pp. 177–178. ISBN 0644036672.
  6. ^ Dorling Kindersley Limited. (1999). The Olympic Games. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Dorling Kindersley. p. 320. ISBN 1864660635. OCLC 57337092.
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  10. ^ a b Petrie, Andrea (18 October 2009). "Sons a chip off the old stick – HOCKEY". The Sunday Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 19. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
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  16. ^ "Home – FIH".
  17. ^ "Oceania Cup". Hockey Australia.
  18. ^ "Other – FIH". FIH.
  19. ^ "Japan – Australia". International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  20. ^ "2019 National Senior Men's Squad Announced". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  21. ^ Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. p. 116. ISBN 0644036672.
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  23. ^ "Rabbitohs, Fearnley, Fox win top ASPAS". Australian Sports Commission News, 11 February 2015. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.

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