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. 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.
|Assistant coach(es)||Tim White|
|Current||3 (22 January 2019)|
|2014 The Hague|
|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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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||GK||Ashlee Wells||1 August 1989||118||0||North Coast Raiders|
|27||GK||Rachael Lynch||2 July 1986||204||0||Victoria Park|
|1||DF||Sophie Taylor||12 September 1995||15||1||Hale|
|10||DF||Madison Fitzpatrick||14 December 1996||62||14||Old Aquinians|
|13||DF||Edwina Bone||29 April 1988||181||4||Melville City|
|15||DF||Kaitlin Nobbs||24 September 1997||60||2||Curtin University HC|
|35||DF||Kate Jenner [a]||5 May 1990||118||1||ND Strikers|
|8||MF||Georgia Wilson||20 May 1996||27||0||Victoria Park|
|9||MF||Lily Brazel||26 January 1995||38||1||Old Aquinians|
|18||MF||Jane Claxton||26 October 1992||164||15||Victoria Park|
|23||MF||Kalindi Commerford||18 November 1994||29||5||WASPS|
|28||MF||Kristina Bates||9 January 1996||41||2||Suburban Lions|
|2||FW||Ambrosia Malone||8 January 1998||32||8||Westside Wolves|
|3||FW||Brooke Peris||16 January 1993||151||25||Old Aquinians|
|26||FW||Emily Chalker (C)||28 July 1992||223||77||Hale|
|30||FW||Grace Stewart||28 April 1997||69||21||North Coast Raiders|
|31||FW||Savannah Fitzpatrick||3 February 1995||46||12||UWA|
|35||FW||Michaela Spano [a]||8 April 1997||5||0||Adelaide HC|
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||4 May 1993||42||0||Suburban Lions||v. New Zealand; March 17, 2019|
|DF||Penny Squibb||9 February 1993||8||1||Curtin University HC||v. United States; March 2, 2019|
|DF||Jodie Kenny (C)||18 August 1987||219||110||Kedron Wavell||v. New Zealand; April 25, 2019|
|DF||Karri McMahon||27 February 1992||145||10||Victoria Park||2018 Champions Trophy|
|DF||Georgina Morgan (C)||15 May 1993||80||18||UWA||v. New Zealand; April 25, 2019|
|MF||Greta Hayes||17 October 1996||6||0||Curtin University HC||2018 Champions Trophy|
|MF||Stephanie Kershaw||19 April 1995||59||6||WASPS||2018 Champions Trophy|
|MF||Renee Taylor||28 September 1996||62||6||Melville City||2018 SOMPO Cup|
|MF||Hayley Padget||30 September 1992||14||1||North Coast Raiders||v. Germany; February 10, 2019|
|MF||Mariah Williams||31 May 1995||71||10||Hale||v. New Zealand; March 17, 2019|
|MF||Rebecca Greiner||13 June 1999||12||1||Westside Wolves||v. New Zealand; March 17, 2019|
- Hockeyroos international games
- Madonna Blyth – 342
- Nikki Hudson – 303
- Rechelle Hawkes – 279
- Karen Smith – 271
- Katrina Powell – 252
- Louise Dobson – 230
- Lisa Carruthers – 230
- Hockeyroos international goals
- Australia women's national field hockey team results (2010–14)
- Australia women's national field hockey team results (2015–19)
Hockey Pro LeagueEdit
|2 February 2019 Group Stage||Australia||1–0||Netherlands||Melbourne, Australia|
|17:00||Claxton 21'||Report||Stadium: State Netball and Hockey Centre|
|3 February 2019 Group Stage||Australia||1–2||Belgium||Melbourne, Australia|
|17:00||Peris 57'||Report||Struijk 37'
|Stadium: State Netball and Hockey Centre|
|9 February 2019 Group Stage||Australia||4–3||China||Hobart, Australia|
S. Fitzpatrick 50'
|Report||Zhong J. 25'
|Stadium: Tasmanian Hockey Centre|
|10 February 2019 Group Stage||Australia||2–2|
|17:00||S. Taylor 9'
|Report||Granitzki 22', 47'||Stadium: Tasmanian Hockey Centre|
|16 February 2019 Group Stage||Australia||3–0||Great Britain||Perth, Australia|
S. Fitzpatrick 50'
|Report||Stadium: Perth Hockey Stadium|
|2 March 2019 Group Stage||Australia||2–1||United States||Sydney, Australia|
|Report||Grega 7'||Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park|
|16 March 2019 Group Stage||Australia||0–1||Argentina||Sydney, Australia|
|17:00||Report||Merino 24'||Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park|
|17 March 2019 Group Stage||Australia||1–3||New Zealand||Sydney, Australia|
|17:00||S. Fitzpatrick 48'||Report||Merry 17', 32'
|Stadium: Sydney Olympic Park|
|25 April 2019 Group Stage||New Zealand||1–5||Australia||Auckland, New Zealand|
|14:30||Ritchie 30'||Report||Nobbs 2'
S. Fitzpatrick 31'
Stewart 53', 58'
|Stadium: North Harbour Hockey Stadium|
|4 May 2019 Group Stage||Argentina||1–1|
|Australia||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|16:00||D'Elía 18'||Report||M. Fitzpatrick 2'||Stadium: CeNARD|
Von der Heyde
|10 May 2019 Group Stage||United States||0–4||Australia||Lancaster, United States|
S. Fitzpatrick 50', 51'
|Stadium: Spooky Nook Sports|
|9 June 2019 Group Stage||Great Britain||v||Australia||London, United Kingdom|
|Stadium: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre|
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:
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