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Australia women's national field hockey team

The Australia women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Hockeyroos) are, as of September 2015, ranked second in the world.[2] Having played their first game in 1914, and their first Olympic game in 1980 they are one of Australia's most successful sporting teams, boasting three Olympic Gold Medals from the past six Games as well as winning two World Cups (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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NicknameHockeyroos
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachPaul Gaudoin
Assistant coach(es)Tim White
ManagerKatie Allen
CaptainEmily Chalker
Jodie Kenny
Georgina Morgan
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Current 3 Steady (22 January 2019)[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
Silver medal – second place 1990 Sydney
Silver medal – second place 2006 Madrid
Silver medal – second place 2014 The Hague
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.

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 second.

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Great HockeyroosEdit

Rechelle HawkesEdit

As part of the Olympic team in 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2000, Rechelle Hawkes is one of the most revered Hockeyroos 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.

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 has already become the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 303 games (the only Hockeyroo to play over 300 games). Since her debut in 1993 at the age of 17, Hudson had scored 99 goals in international competition. In 2008, she played in her third successive Olympic Games.

 
Australia vs Netherlands, Sydney 2000 olympics.

The Hockeyroos todayEdit

The Hockeyroos were extremely unlucky not to have advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after finishing the rounds on 10 points, the same as China to finish second on the pool table. However, a slightly better goal difference to China saw them advance instead of Australia – this was the first time a team had finished on 10 points but not advance to the finals at an Olympic Games.

Following this a number of players retired, however a core group of experienced players such as captain Madonna Blyth, Casey Eastham and Kobie McGurk still remain, with these players quickly becoming leaders of what is now quite a young team. After finishing fifth at the 2010 World Cup the Hockeyroos bounced back a few weeks later at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, defeating New Zealand in the final to win their third gold medal. Following this tournament coach Frank Murray announced his retirement. Murray was replaced by former Kookaburra Adam Commens in November 2010. They recently won the inaugural International Super Series in Perth, playing against India and Malaysia in a modified 9-a-side format.

Tournament recordsEdit

World Cup[3]
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
Oceania Cup[4]
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
Commonwealth Games[5]
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[6]
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
Olympic Games[7]
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 TBD
Champions Trophy[8]
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
2011   Amstelveen, Netherlands 6th
2014   Mendoza, Argentina 2nd
2016   London, United Kingdom 4th
2018   Changzhou, China 2nd
Pro League[9]
Year Finals Host city Position
2019   Amstelveen, Netherlands Qualified

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players have been named in the Australia squad for the 2019 Pro League matches against Argentina and the United States on 4 and 10 May 2019.[10]

Caps and goals are current as of 10 May 2019 after the match against the United States.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
5 1GK Ashlee Wells (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 29) 118 0   North Coast Raiders
27 1GK Rachael Lynch (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 32) 204 0   Victoria Park

1 2DF Sophie Taylor (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 23) 15 1   Hale
10 2DF Madison Fitzpatrick (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 22) 62 14   Old Aquinians
13 2DF Edwina Bone (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 31) 181 4   Melville City
15 2DF Kaitlin Nobbs (1997-09-24) 24 September 1997 (age 21) 60 2   Curtin University HC
35 2DF Kate Jenner [a] (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 29) 118 1   ND Strikers

8 3MF Georgia Wilson (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 22) 27 0   Victoria Park
9 3MF Lily Brazel (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 24) 38 1   Old Aquinians
18 3MF Jane Claxton (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26) 164 15   Victoria Park
23 3MF Kalindi Commerford (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 24) 29 5   WASPS
28 3MF Kristina Bates (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23) 41 2   Suburban Lions

2 4FW Ambrosia Malone (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 21) 32 8   Westside Wolves
3 4FW Brooke Peris (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 26) 151 25   Old Aquinians
26 4FW Emily Chalker (C) (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 26) 223 77   Hale
30 4FW Grace Stewart (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 22) 69 21   North Coast Raiders
31 4FW Savannah Fitzpatrick (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 24) 46 12   UWA
35 4FW Michaela Spano [a] (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 22) 5 0   Adelaide HC
^[a]Jenner and Spano are both inclusions from the national development squad.

The remainder of the 2019 national squad is as follows:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jocelyn Bartram (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 26) 42 0   Suburban Lions v.   New Zealand; March 17, 2019

DF Penny Squibb (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 26) 8 1   Curtin University HC v.   United States; March 2, 2019
DF Jodie Kenny (C) (1987-08-18) 18 August 1987 (age 31) 219 110   Kedron Wavell v.   New Zealand; April 25, 2019
DF Karri McMahon (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 27) 145 10   Victoria Park 2018 Champions Trophy
DF Georgina Morgan (C) (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 26) 80 18   UWA v.   New Zealand; April 25, 2019

MF Greta Hayes (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 22) 6 0   Curtin University HC 2018 Champions Trophy
MF Stephanie Kershaw (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 24) 59 6   WASPS 2018 Champions Trophy
MF Renee Taylor (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 22) 62 6   Melville City 2018 SOMPO Cup
MF Hayley Padget (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 26) 14 1   North Coast Raiders v.   Germany; February 10, 2019

MF Mariah Williams (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 23) 71 10   Hale v.   New Zealand; March 17, 2019
MF Rebecca Greiner (1999-06-13) 13 June 1999 (age 19) 12 1   Westside Wolves v.   New Zealand; March 17, 2019

RecordsEdit

Hockeyroos international games
  1. Madonna Blyth – 342
  2. Nikki Hudson – 303
  3. Rechelle Hawkes – 279
  4. Karen Smith – 271
  5. Katrina Powell – 252
  6. Louise Dobson – 230
  7. Lisa Carruthers – 230
Hockeyroos international goals
  1. Alyson Annan – 166
  2. Katrina Powell – 141
  3. Jacqui Pereira – 109
  4. Jodie Kenny – 109
  5. Nikki Hudson – 99
  6. Jenny Morris – 83

ResultsEdit

Past ResultsEdit

2019Edit

Hockey Pro LeagueEdit

Other ProgramsEdit

National Development SquadEdit

In addition to the core 27 player squad, Hockey Australia also maintains a 12 player development squad. The 2019 squad is as follows:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings January 2019 – Women" (PDF). FIH. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.fih.ch/en/fih/events/worldranking
  3. ^ "Home - FIH".
  4. ^ "Oceania Cup". Hockey Australia.
  5. ^ "Home - FIH".
  6. ^ "Home - FIH".
  7. ^ "Home - FIH".
  8. ^ "Home - FIH".
  9. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
  10. ^ "Debutante & Returning Star Added For Hockeyroos". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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