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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NicknameHockeyroos
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachPaul Gaudoin
Assistant coach(es)Tim White
ManagerKatie Allen
CaptainEmily Chalker
Georgina Morgan
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Current 4 Decrease 2 (4 October 2020)[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.

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[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
2022   Terrassa, Spain
  Amstelveen, Netherlands
TBD
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
2019   Rockhampton, Australia 2nd
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
FIH Pro League[7]
Year Finals Host city Position
2019   Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2020 No Grand Final TBD
Olympic Games[8]
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 Qualified
Champions Trophy[9]
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[10]
Year Host city Position
2002 – 2011 Did not Compete
2012   Dublin, Ireland 1st
2014   Glasgow, Scotland

SquadEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players are current members of the Australian squad. Following the 2020 retirements of Gabrielle Nance and Jodie Kenny, the initial squad of 27 was revised to 25.[11]

Caps and goals are current as of 2 February 2019 after the match against Great Britain.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
5 1GK Ashlee Wells (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 31) 121 0   Adelaide Fire
19 1GK Jocelyn Bartram (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 27) 51 0   NSW Pride
27 1GK Rachael Lynch (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 34) 223 0   HC Melbourne

1 2DF Sophie Taylor (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 25) 34 2   HC Melbourne
10 2DF Madison Fitzpatrick (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 23) 75 17   Brisbane Blaze
11 2DF Karri McMahon (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 28) 153 10   Adelaide Fire
13 2DF Edwina Bone (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 32) 202 5   Canberra Chill
15 2DF Kaitlin Nobbs (1997-09-24) 24 September 1997 (age 23) 82 4   NSW Pride
17 2DF Georgina Morgan (C) (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 27) 93 19   NSW Pride
20 2DF Karri Somerville (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Perth Thundersticks
22 2DF Kate Jenner (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 30) 127 1   NSW Pride

4 3MF Amy Lawton (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 18) 14 3   HC Melbourne
8 3MF Georgia Wilson (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 24) 38 0   Perth Thundersticks
9 3MF Lily Brazel (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 25) 52 1   HC Melbourne
12 3MF Greta Hayes (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 24) 9 0   NSW Pride
14 3MF Stephanie Kershaw (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 25) 64 7   Brisbane Blaze
18 3MF Jane Claxton (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 28) 181 18   Adelaide Fire
21 3MF Renee Taylor (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 24) 82 8   Brisbane Blaze
23 3MF Kalindi Commerford (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 26) 50 8   Canberra Chill

2 4FW Ambrosia Malone (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 22) 51 12   Brisbane Blaze
3 4FW Brooke Peris (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 27) 171 27   Canberra Chill
24 4FW Mariah Williams (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 25) 83 15   NSW Pride
26 4FW Emily Chalker (C) (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 28) 244 83   NSW Pride
30 4FW Grace Stewart (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 23) 86 25   NSW Pride
31 4FW Laura Barden (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 26) 47 5   HC Melbourne

Super CampEdit

Due to a lack of international and domestic hockey in 2020, Hockey Australia hosted a 'Super Camp' for athletes vying for Hockeyroos selection. In addition to the base squad, the following 17 players also participated in the camp:[12]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Aleisha Power (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Perth Thundersticks v.   Japan; 18 November 2017

DF Ashlea Fey (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 28) 40 3   Brisbane Blaze v.   Japan; 16 September 2019
DF Carly James (1998-08-04) 4 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0   HC Melbourne
DF Candyce Peacock (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Perth Thundersticks
DF Meg Pearce (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Brisbane Blaze
DF Harriet Shand (2000-01-11) 11 January 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Adelaide Fire
DF Penny Squibb (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 27) 10 1   Perth Thundersticks v.   Great Britain; 9 June 2019

MF Kristina Bates (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 24) 45 2   HC Melbourne v.   China; 21 August 2019
MF Morgan Gallagher (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Brisbane Blaze
MF Rebecca Greiner (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 23) 17 1   Brisbane Blaze v.   Netherlands; 23 June 2019

FW Savannah Fitzpatrick (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 25) 60 14   Brisbane Blaze v.   New Zealand; 8 September 2019
FW Nicola Hammond (1996-07-23) 23 July 1996 (age 24) 0 0   HC Melbourne
FW Courtney Schonell (2000-09-17) 17 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0   NSW Pride
FW Michaela Spano (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 23) 5 0   Adelaide Fire v.   United States; 10 May 2019
FW Shanea Tonkin (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Perth Thundersticks
FW Britt Wilkinson (1996-03-19) 19 March 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Brisbane Blaze
FW Abigail Wilson (1998-06-27) 27 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0   NSW Pride

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have received call-ups in the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Penny Squibb (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 27) 10 1   Perth Thundersticks v.   Great Britain; June 9, 2019

MF Kristina Bates (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 24) 45 2   HC Melbourne v.   China; August 21, 2019

FW Rebecca Greiner (1999-06-13) 13 June 1999 (age 21) 17 1   Brisbane Blaze v.   Netherlands; June 29, 2019
FW Savannah Fitzpatrick (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 25) 60 14   Brisbane Blaze v.   New Zealand; September 8, 2019
FW Michaela Spano (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 23) 5 0   Adelaide Fire v.   United States; May 10, 2019

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 Katrina Powell 252
7 Emily Chalker 243
8 Jodie Kenny 233
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 Jacqui Pereira 109
5 Nikki Hudson 99
6 Jenny Morris 83
Emily Chalker
8 Michelle Andrews 74
9 Madonna Blyth 70
10 Ashleigh Nelson 69

ResultsEdit

Past ResultsEdit

2020–21 Fixtures & ResultsEdit

2020–21 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
5 1 1 1 2 6 9 –3 9

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

25 January 2020 Home 1 Australia   3–3
(4–2 p)
  Belgium Sydney, Australia
16:00 Malone   21'
Bone   59'
Commerford   60'
Report Versavel   33'
Englebert   45'
Nelen   55'
Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park
Penalties
Peris  
Nobbs  
Malone  
Lawton  
Claxton  
  Ballenghien
  Rasir
  Raye
  Englebert
26 January 2020 Home 2 Australia   1–1
(1–3 p)
  Belgium Sydney, Australia
15:00 Nance   45' Report Duquesne   47' Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park
Penalties
Stewart  
Nance  
Kershaw  
Kenny  
  Versavel
  Ballenghien
  Raye
  Duquesne
  Nelen
1 February 2020 Home 3 Australia   2–1   Great Britain Sydney, Australia
18:30 Kershaw   26'
Stewart   60'
Report Robertson   18' Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park
2 February 2020 Home 4 Australia   Cancelled   Great Britain Sydney, Australia
17:30 Report Toman   17' Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park
6 March 2020 Home 5 Australia   0–2   Argentina Perth, Australia
18:00 Report Jankunas   14'
Gorzelany   48'
Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium
7 March 2020 Home 6 Australia   0–2   Argentina Perth, Australia
16:00 Report V. Granatto   25'
Toccalino   59'
Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium
15 May 2021 Away 3 China   v   Australia Changzhou, China
16:00 Report Stadium: Wujin Hockey Stadium
16 May 2021 Away 4 China   v   Australia Changzhou, China
16:00 Report Stadium: Wujin Hockey Stadium
29 May 2021 Away 7 Germany   v   Australia Hamburg, Germany
15:30 Report Stadium: Uhlenhorster HC
30 May 2021 Away 8 Germany   v   Australia Hamburg, Germany
13:00 Report Stadium: Uhlenhorster HC

XXXII Summer OlympicsEdit

25 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia   v   Spain Tokyo, Japan
10:00 Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
26 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia   v   China Tokyo, Japan
12:15 Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
28 July 2021 Pool Stage Japan   v   Australia Tokyo, Japan
18:30 Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
29 July 2021 Pool Stage New Zealand   v   Australia Tokyo, Japan
21:15 Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
31 July 2021 Pool Stage Argentina   v   Australia Tokyo, Japan
11:45 Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium

GoalscorersEdit

2020 Goalscoring Table
Pos. Player FG PC PS Total
1 Edwina Bone 0 1 0 1
Kalindi Commerford 1 0 0
Stephanie Kershaw 1 0 0
Ambrosia Malone 1 0 0
Gabrielle Nance 1 0 0
Grace Stewart 1 0 0
Total 5 1 0 6

Other ProgramsEdit

National Development SquadEdit

In addition to the core 27 player squad, Hockey Australia also maintains an 18 player development squad. The 2020 squad is as follows:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "FIH RANKINGS — OUTDOOR". International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
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  4. ^ "Oceania Cup". Hockey Australia. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Home – FIH".
  6. ^ "Home – FIH".
  7. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
  8. ^ "Home – FIH".
  9. ^ "Home – FIH".
  10. ^ "Home – FIH".
  11. ^ "Hockeyroos icon Jodie Kenny announces retirement". hockey.org.au. Hockey Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Hockeyroos spots up for grabs at national Super Camp". hockey.org.au. Hockey Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Australian women's players". Hockey Australia.
  14. ^ "Australian women's players". Hockey Australia.

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