Australia women's national field hockey team

The Australia women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Hockeyroos) are, as of January 2019, ranked third in the world.[2] Having played their first game in 1914, and their first Olympic game in 1984 they are one of Australia's most successful sporting teams, boasting three Olympic gold medals (1988, 1996, 2000), two World Cup gold medals (1994, 1998) and four Commonwealth Games gold medals (1998, 2006, 2010, 2014). The Hockeyroos have been crowned Australia's Team of the Year five times and were unanimously awarded Best Australian Team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

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Nickname(s)Hockeyroos
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
Head CoachKatrina Powell
Assistant coach(s)Tim White
ManagerKatie Allen
CaptainEmily Chalker
Georgina Morgan
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FIH ranking
Current 4 Steady (3 November 2021)[1]
Australia women's national field hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1994 Dublin
Gold medal – first place 1998 Utrecht Team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Sydney
Silver medal – second place 2006 Madrid Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 The Hague Team
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Kuala Lumpur

A notable part of the Hockeyroos colourful history has involved Ric Charlesworth. Charlesworth was at the helm of the Hockeyroos from 1993 to 2000, where his reign as coach saw the team win the 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 Champions Trophies, 1994 and 1998 World Cups and the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Charlesworth took the Hockeyroos to the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games where the team won back-to-back gold medals. The team was coached from 2011 by Adam Commens, who was replaced after the 2016 Summer Olympics, where the side failed to medal, by Paul Gaudoin.

Amid much turmoil, Gaudoin quit in March 2021 and was replaced by former player, Katrina Powell.[3]

Given the extent of the Hockeyroos success, the team has consistently remained at the top of the world hockey rankings. From the late 1980s until 2000, the Australian team was ranked at number 1 in the world. Only once during this period, did the Hockeyroos fail to win a tournament, when they finished fifth.

Great HockeyroosEdit

Rechelle HawkesEdit

As part of the Olympic team in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, Rechelle Hawkes is the most decorated Hockeyroo of all time. Such is her status in international hockey that she is among the most successful female players in the history of the sport. Hawkes is the only female hockey player to win three Olympic gold medals at three separate games. After 279 international matches, Hawkes retired following the Sydney Olympic Games where the Hockeyroos again won gold. In recognition of her contribution to Australian sport, Rechelle was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2018, Hawkes was made a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to hockey."

Alyson AnnanEdit

Alyson Annan is also one of more prominent figures in the history of the Hockeyroos. Annan debuted in the Australian side at the age of 18 and became renowned for her prowess in front of goal, scoring 166 goals during her career. She was widely regarded as the sharpest shooter in international women's hockey during the 1990s which was acknowledged when she won the World Hockey Player of the Year in 1999. Annan represented Australia 228 times, and was part of the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Gold Medal-winning teams. Annan remains the Hockeyroos highest goal scorer.

Nikki HudsonEdit

As a highly recognised Hockeyroo, Nikki Hudson has become one of the most identifiable Australian athletes. Retiring in 2009, the striker was formerly the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 303 games (at the time, being the only Hockeyroo to play over 300 games). Since her debut in 1993 at the age of 17, Hudson scored 99 goals in international competition. In 2008, she played in her third successive Olympic Games.

Madonna BlythEdit

Following her debut in 2004, Madonna Blyth became one of the most prominent Hockeyroos in history. Retiring in 2016, the midfielder became the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 342 games, surpassing the record previously set by Nikki Hudson. During her career she won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and two World Cup silvers. She was also the captain of the team from 2009 until her retirement in 2016, following the Olympic Games.

The Hockeyroos TodayEdit

 
Australia vs Netherlands, Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Following the 2016 Summer Olympics, many of the Hockeyroos' core players retired, forcing the team into a development phase. In 2017, long time player Emily Chalker was named captain of the team during this rebuilding phase. Following a disappointing Hockey World League campaign, the team won the Oceania Cup, sparking what would become a string of success for the team.

The Hockeyroos played three major tournaments in 2018, winning silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy. The team only failed to medal at the World Cup, where they finished fourth.

Following her return to the squad in 2018, Jodie Kenny was named as a co-captain of the team, along with Emily Chalker and Georgina Morgan. The team started 2019 with an historic 1–0 victory over world number one, the Netherlands in the FIH Pro League, this marked their first win over the Dutch since the 2009 Champions Trophy. At the conclusion of the group stage of the Pro League, the Hockeyroos finished in third place, qualifying for the Grand Final and the FIH Olympic Qualifiers.

Tournament recordsEdit

World Cup[4]
Year Host city Position
1981   Buenos Aires, Argentina 4th
1983   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
1986   Amsterdam, Netherlands 6th
1990   Sydney, Australia 2nd
1994   Dublin, Ireland 1st
1998   Utrecht, Netherlands 1st
2002   Perth, Australia 4th
2006   Madrid, Spain 2nd
2010   Rosario, Argentina 5th
2014   The Hague, Netherlands 2nd
2018   London, England 4th
2022   Terrassa, Spain
  Amstelveen, Netherlands
TBD
Oceania Cup[5]
Year Host city Position
1999   Sydney, Australia 1st
2001   Auckland, New Zealand 1st
2003   Melbourne, Australia
  Auckland, New Zealand
1st
2005   Sydney, Australia
  Auckland, New Zealand
1st
2007   Buderim, Australia 2nd
2009   Invercargill, New Zealand 2nd
2011   Hobart, Australia 2nd
2013   Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2015   Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2017   Sydney, Australia 1st
2019   Rockhampton, Australia 2nd
Commonwealth Games[6]
Year Host city Position
1998   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2002   Manchester, England 3rd
2006   Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010   New Delhi, India 1st
2014   Glasgow, Scotland 1st
2018   Gold Coast, Australia 2nd
World League[7]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Semifinal   London, England 1st
Final   San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 2nd
2014–15 Semifinal   Antwerp, Belgium 3rd
Final   Rosario, Argentina 6th
2016–17 Semifinals   Brussels, Belgium 5th
FIH Pro League[8]
Year Finals Host city Position
2019   Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2020–21 N/A 5th
Olympic Games[9]
Year Host city Position
1980   Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984   Los Angeles, United States 4th
1988   Seoul, South Korea 1st
1992   Barcelona, Spain 5th
1996   Atlanta, United States 1st
2000   Sydney, Australia 1st
2004   Athens, Greece 5th
2008   Beijing, China 5th
2012   London, United Kingdom 5th
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th
2020   Tokyo, Japan 5th
Champions Trophy[10]
Year Host city Position
1987   Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
1989   Germany, West Germany 2nd
1991   Berlin, Germany 1st
1993   Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
1995   Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1997   Berlin, Germany 1st
1999   Brisbane, Australia 1st
2000   Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
2001   Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
2002   Macau, China 4th
2003   Sydney, Australia 1st
2004   Rosario, Argentina 4th
2005   Canberra, Australia 2nd
2006   Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2007   Quilmes, Argentina 4th
2008   Mönchengladbach, Germany 5th
2009   Sydney, Australia 2nd
2010   Nottingham, England
2011   Amstelveen, Netherlands 6th
2012   Roasario, Argentina
2014   Mendoza, Argentina 2nd
2016   London, England 4th
2018   Changzhou, China 2nd
Champions Challenge I[11]
Year Host city Position
2002–2011 Did not Compete
2012   Dublin, Ireland 1st
2014   Glasgow, Scotland

SquadEdit

Olympic squadEdit

On 14 June 2021, the Australian Olympic Committee announced the Hockeyroos 18-player team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[12]

Caps and goals are current as of 29 July 2021 after the match against New Zealand.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps GoalsClub
27 GK Rachael Lynch (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 35) 231 0   HC Melbourne

10 DF Madison Fitzpatrick (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 24) 84 18   Brisbane Blaze
13 DF Edwina Bone (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 33) 210 5   Canberra Chill
15 DF Kaitlin Nobbs (1997-09-24) 24 September 1997 (age 24) 90 4   NSW Pride
20 DF Karri Somerville (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 22) 11 0   Perth Thundersticks
22 DF Kate Jenner (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 31) 136 1   NSW Pride

4 MF Amy Lawton (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 19) 23 3   HC Melbourne
8 MF Georgia Wilson (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 25) 43 0   Perth Thundersticks
12 MF Greta Hayes (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 25) 15 0   NSW Pride
14 FW Stephanie Kershaw (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 26) 73 10   Brisbane Blaze
18 MF Jane Claxton (C) (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 29) 190 18   Adelaide Fire
21 MF Renee Taylor (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 25) 91 8   Brisbane Blaze

2 FW Ambrosia Malone (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 23) 60 17   Brisbane Blaze
3 FW Brooke Peris (C) (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 28) 180 27   Canberra Chill
24 FW Mariah Williams (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26) 91 17   NSW Pride
26 FW Emily Chalker (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 29) 253 88   NSW Pride
30 FW Grace Stewart (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 24) 90 27   NSW Pride
32 FW Savannah Fitzpatrick (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 26) 70 16   Brisbane Blaze

The remainder of the 2021 national squad is as follows:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ashlee Wells (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 32) 123 0   Adelaide Fire v.   New Zealand; 30 May 2021
GK Aleisha Power (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Perth Thundersticks v.   New Zealand; 1 June 2021
GK Jocelyn Bartram (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28) 56 0   NSW Pride v.   New Zealand; 27 June 2021

DF Sophie Taylor (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 22) 37 2   HC Melbourne v.   New Zealand; 1 June 2021
DF Penny Squibb (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 28) 14 2   Perth Thundersticks v.   New Zealand; 27 June 2021
DF Meg Pearce (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Brisbane Blaze v.   New Zealand; 28 May 2021

MF Kalindi Commerford (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 27) 53 9   Canberra Chill v.   New Zealand; 1 June 2021
MF Laura Barden (1994-09-06) 6 September 1994 (age 27) 49 5   HC Melbourne v.   New Zealand; 30 May 2021

FW Courtney Schonell (2000-09-17) 17 September 2000 (age 21) 3 0   NSW Pride v.   New Zealand; 1 June 2021

RecordsEdit

Highest Capped Players[13]
Rank Player Games
1 Madonna Blyth 342
2 Nikki Hudson 303
3 Rechelle Hawkes 279
4 Karen Smith 271
5 Casey Sablowski 258
6 Emily Chalker 253
7 Katrina Powell 252
8 Jodie Kenny 235
9 Lisa Carruthers 230
Louise Dobson
Highest Goal Scorers[14]
Rank Player Goals
1 Alyson Annan 166
2 Rechelle Hawkes 141
3 Jodie Kenny 111
4 Jacqueline Pereira 109
5 Nicole Hudson 99
6 Emily Chalker 88
7 Jennifer Morris 83
8 Michelle Andrews 74
9 Madonna Blyth 70
10 Ashleigh Nelson 69

ResultsEdit

Past ResultsEdit

2021 Fixtures & ResultsEdit

2021 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
12 7 0 4 1 26 11 +15 25

Trans–Tasman SeriesEdit

27 May 2021 Match 1 New Zealand   1–1   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
19:30 Shannon   48' Report Malone   26' Stadium: Massey University
28 May 2021 Match 2 New Zealand   2–2   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
19:30 Smith   11'
Dickins   35'
Report Kershaw   38'
Williams   55'
Stadium: Massey University
30 May 2021 Match 3 New Zealand   2–2   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
13:00 King   23'
Gunson   41'
Report M. Fitzpatrick   7'
Malone   58'
Stadium: Massey University
1 June 2021 Match 4 New Zealand   1–3   Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
17:30 Merry   39' Report Kershaw   8'
Commerford   27'
S. Fitzpatrick   43'
Stadium: Massey University

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

26 June 2021 Home 7 Australia   2–2
(0–2 p)
  New Zealand Perth, Australia
15:00 Malone   4'
Chalker   5'
Report Michelsen   11'
Ralph   36'
Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium
Penalties
S. Fitzpatrick  
Lawton  
Nobbs  
Peris  
  Shannon
  Merry
  Keddell
  Charlton
  King
27 June 2021 Home 8 Australia   3–1   New Zealand Perth, Australia
15:00 S. Fitzpatrick   16'
Squibb   34'
Williams   57'
Report Merry   4' Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium

XXXII Summer OlympicsEdit

25 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia   3–1   Spain Tokyo, Japan
10:00 Malone   31'
Chalker   32'
Stewart   37'
Report Pérez   33' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
26 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia   6–0   China Tokyo, Japan
12:15 Chalker   16'22'
Peris   31'
Malone   54'
Kershaw   56'
Stewart   58'
Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
28 July 2021 Pool Stage Japan   0–1   Australia Tokyo, Japan
18:30 Report M. Fitzpatrick   33' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
29 July 2021 Pool Stage New Zealand   0–1   Australia Tokyo, Japan
21:15 Report Chalker   34' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
31 July 2021 Pool Stage Argentina   0–2   Australia Tokyo, Japan
11:45 Report S. Fitzpatrick   49'
Chalker   59'
Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
2 August 2021 Quarter-Finals Australia   0–1   India Tokyo, Japan
12:00 Report Kaur   22' Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium

GoalscorersEdit

2021 Goalscoring Table
Pos. Player FG PC PS Total
1 Emily Chalker 6 0 0 6
2 Ambrosia Malone 5 0 0 5
3 Savannah Fitzpatrick 3 0 0 3
Stephanie Kershaw 3 0 0
5 Madison Fitzpatrick 0 2 0 2
Grace Stewart 1 1 0
Mariah Williams 2 0 0
8 Kalindi Commerford 1 0 0 1
Brooke Peris 1 0 0
Penny Squibb 0 1 0
Total 22 4 0 26

Other ProgramsEdit

National Development SquadEdit

In addition to the core 27 player squad, Hockey Australia also maintains an 23 player development squad. The 2021 squad is as follows:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 3 November 2021. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  2. ^ "FIH RANKINGS — OUTDOOR". International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Olympics: Powell takes over Australia's 'Hockeyroos' after period of turmoil". Reuters. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Home – FIH".
  5. ^ "Oceania Cup". Hockey Australia. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Home – FIH".
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  8. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
  9. ^ "Home – FIH".
  10. ^ "Home – FIH".
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  14. ^ "Australian women's players". Hockey Australia.

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