Eddie Ockenden

Edward "Eddie" Clyve Ockenden (born 3 April 1987) is an Australian field hockey player. He plays in the midfielder and striker positions. He turned professional in 2008 and has played for teams in the Netherlands. He plays club hockey, having competed for a New Zealand team and Hobart, Tasmania side, North West Hobart Graduates (NWG). He also plays for the Tassie Tigers in the Australian Hockey League. He has represented Australia on the junior and senior level, earning a silver medal with the 2005 U21 team at the Junior World Cup. As a member of the senior men's team, he represented Australia at the 2008 Games where he earned a bronze medal. He won a gold medal at the 2009 and 2011 Champions Trophy competitions. He won another gold medal with Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. At the 2010 World Cup, he won a gold medal. He represents the Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was again part of an Australian team that won the bronze medal.

Eddie Ockenden
Eddie Ockenden - Captain - 2012 Olympic field hockey team Australia (cropped).JPG
Ockenden in 2012
Personal information
Full name Edward Clyve Ockenden
Born (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 35)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Playing position Defender
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Australia 390 (71)
Last updated on: 8 August 2022


Ockenden is from Moonah, Tasmania.[1][2][3] He had completed one year of higher education by 2008, finishing a year of working towards a degree in commerce.[3] He began playing hockey at the age of eight, encouraged by his mother, who was also a hockey player.[4]

Field hockeyEdit

Ockenden is a midfielder[5] and striker.[6][7] In 2006, he had a field hockey scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.[6]

Ockenden plays club amateur hockey. In 2007, he was playing club hockey in New Zealand for a Canterbury side in the New Zealand national league.[8] In 2011, he played club hockey in Hobart,[9] for the North-West Graduates. That year, he played in the Southern Men's Hockey Grand Final.[10]

Professional hockeyEdit

Ockenden turned professional in 2008, when he signed a deal and played for Laren, a Dutch team. His salary was not near the top of the league, where the best players earn in the six figures.[3] In 2008, 2009 and 2011, he played professional hockey in the Netherlands.[3][9][11][12]

State teamEdit

Ockenden plays for the Tassie Tigers in the Australian Hockey League. He was with the team in 2006 when he was a teenager.[6] He played for the team in the first found of the 2011 season.[13] He was a member of the Tassie Tigers in 2010.[14] He played in a June 2010 game for the Tassie Tigers against New South Wales that New South Wales won 6–3. He scored a goal in the game.[15] In 2010, after the league finals, he earned the AHL Player of the Tournament award.[16]

Junior national teamEdit

Ockenden has represented Australia on the junior national level. In 2005, as a member of the U21 national team, he earned a silver medal at the Junior World Cup.[6]

Senior national teamEdit

Ockenden is a member of the Kookaburras. His first national team cap for the Kookaburras happened in 2006.[5] In 2006, he represented Australia at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.[6] In 2007, he competed in the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament. He played in the tournament game against New Zealand where Australia won 3–1.[8] He did not compete in the 2007 Champions Trophy competition for Australia.[8] In December 2007, he was a member of the Kookaburras squad that competed in the Dutch Series in Canberra.[17] In January 2008, he was a member of the senior national team that competed at the Five Nations men's hockey tournament in South Africa.[18][19] He represented Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics,[2][5] where he won a bronze medal.[5][20] These were his first Olympics and he was the youngest player on the Australian field hockey team. He was one of fourteen Tasmanians to represent Australia at the Games.[2] He scored two goals in the bronze medal game against the Netherlands in the country's 6–1 victory.[20] New national team coach Ric Charlesworth named him, a returning member, alongside fourteen total new players who had few than 10 national team caps to the squad before in April 2009 in a bid to ready the team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[21] In 2009, he participated in two test matched against Spain in Perth in the lead up to the Champions Trophy.[5] In 2009, he won a gold medal at the Men's Hockey Champions Trophy competition.[22][23] In 2010, he represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games,[14] where he won a gold medal when his side beat India 8–0 in front of an Indian home crowd.[24] His coach Ric Charlesworth described his performance at the Games as "exceptional."[24] In 2010, he won a gold medal at the World Cup. In the 2–1 victory in the gold medal round against Germany, he scored a goal in the sixth minute.[25] While at the World Cup, the Indian hosts provided extensive security for him and other hockey competitors. The Sydney Morning Herald said Jamie Dwyer said it was the tightest security he had ever seen as a competitor in an international competition.[26] Competing at the 2010 World Cup in India was the first time he had visited the country.[26] Because of other commitments, he could not compete at the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia in May 2011.[27] In 2011, he won a gold medal in the Champions Trophy, scoring a goal in the gold medal match.[28][29][30] He captained the Australian side in the competition.[29][30] In December 2011, he was named as one of twenty-eight players to be on the 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national training squad. This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[31][32][33] In February during the training camp, he played in a four nations test series with the teams being the Kookaburras, Australia A Squad, the Netherlands and Argentina.[1] In a game for the Kookaburras against Argentina, his team won 4-0 and he scored a goal.[34]

Ockenden was selected in the Kookaburras Olympics squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The team reached the final for the first time since 2004 but couldn't achieve gold, beaten by Belgium in a shootout.[35]


In 2007 and 2008, he was named the best young player of the tournament at the Champions Trophy competition.[3]

In 2008, he was honoured by being named the Young Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation.[36]

In 2010, he earned the Kookaburra's 2010 Player of the Year award, an award he shared with Simon Orchard.[16]

In 2011, he was named in the World All-Star Team.[37]


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  20. ^ a b "Australia beats Netherlands for bronze". Associated Press Archive. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
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  29. ^ a b Kumar, Manoj (12 December 2011). "INTERNATIONAL SCOREBOARD". Fiji Times. Suva. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
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  37. ^ Clement-Meehan, Lindsay (3 February 2012). "Pocket defender gives plenty of stick — HOCKEY". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 15. Retrieved 14 March 2012.

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