Australia men's national field hockey team

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Australia
Australia
Nickname Kookaburras
Association Hockey Australia
Confederation OHF (Oceania)
Coach Ric Charlesworth
Assistant coach Paul Gaudoin
Manager Martin Ferrari
Captain Mark Knowles
FIH ranking 1
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
Team colours
 
First kit
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
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Second kit
Olympic medal record
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens Team
Silver 1968 Mexico City Team
Silver 1976 Montreal Team
Silver 1992 Barcelona Team
Bronze 1964 Tokyo Team
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team
Bronze 2012 London Team
Australia at the 2008 Olympics
Australia at the 2012 Olympics

The Australia men's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Kookaburras) are Australia's national men's field hockey team, and one of the nation's most successful top level sporting teams. They are the only Australian team in any sport to receive medals at the last six Summer Olympic Games (1992–2012), and have placed in the top four in every Olympics since 1980. They also won the Hockey World Cup in 1986, 2010 and 2014.

The Kookaburras' inability to win an Olympic gold medal despite their perennial competitiveness, led many in the Australian hockey community to speak of a "curse" afflicting the team,[1] finally broken in 2004 with the win in Athens.

History[edit]

Australia's first men's team competed in an international match in 1922.[2]

The first major competition won by the national team was the 1983 World Championships held in Karachi.[3]

Participations[edit]

Australia's first men's team competed at the Olympics in field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics.[3]

Australia did not medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics[4] or the 1988 Summer Olympics.[5] At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Australia earned a silver medal, losing gold to Germany.[6] At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Australia finished third, earning a bronze medal.[7]

The team won their first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Barry Dancer coached the side.[8]

Should Australia win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics they will become the first national team in field hockey history to hold all four international titles available to them simultaneously. They would hold titles in the 2012 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2011 Champions Trophy and their continental championship (2011 Oceania Cup) at the same time. Along with those four titles Australia also holds the Commonwealth Games title from the 2010 championships.

Tournament History[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
United Kingdom 1908 Did not participate
Sweden 1912 Not Held
Belgium 1920 Did not participate
France 1924 Not Held
Netherlands 1928 Did not participate
United States 1932
Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956 Playoff 5th 4 2 0 2
Italy 1960 Quarterfinals 6th 4 1 1 2
Japan 1964 Third place 3rd 8 5 0 3
Mexico 1968 Runner-up 2nd
Germany 1972 Playoff 5th 9 5 2 2
Canada 1976 Runner-up 2nd 7 4 0 3
Soviet Union 1980 Did not participate
United States 1984 Semifinals 4th
Korea 1988 Semifinals 4th 7 5 0 2
Spain 1992 Runner-up 2nd 7 5 0 2
United States 1996 Third place 3rd
Australia 2000 Third place 3rd 7 4 2 1
Greece 2004 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1
People's Republic of China 2008 Third place 3rd 7 4 2 1
United Kingdom 2012 Third place 3rd 7 4 2 1
Brazil 2016 Not Qualified Yet
Total 1 Title 14/22 - - - -

World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
Spain 1971 Playoff 8th 6 1 1 4
Netherlands 1973 Did not participate
Malaysia 1975 Playoff 5th
Argentina 1978 Third place 3rd
India 1982 Third place 3rd
United Kingdom 1986 Champions 1st - - - -
Pakistan 1990 Third place 3rd
Australia 1994 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2
Netherlands 1998 Semifinals 4th
Malaysia 2002 Runner-up 2nd 9 8 0 1
Germany 2006 Runner-up 2nd 7 5 0 2
India 2010 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1
Netherlands 2014 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0
Total 3 Titles 12/13 - - - -

World League[edit]

World League
Year Round Position Pld W D L
India 2012–14 Third place 4th 6 3 0 3
Total 1/1 6 3 0 3

Champions Trophy[edit]

Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
Pakistan 1978 Runner-up 2nd
Pakistan 1980 Third place 3rd
Pakistan 1981 Runner-up 2nd 5 3 1 1
Netherlands 1982 Runner-up 2nd
Pakistan 1983 Champions 1st - - - -
Pakistan 1984 Champions 1st - - - -
Australia 1985 Champions 1st - - - -
Pakistan 1986 Runner-up 2nd
Netherlands 1987 Third place 3rd
Pakistan 1988 Third place 3rd
Germany 1989 Champions 1st - - - -
Australia 1990 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1
Germany 1991 Playoff 4th 5 2 1 2
Pakistan 1992 Runner-up 2nd 6 4 0 2
Malaysia 1993 Champions 1st 6 4 0 2
Pakistan 1994 Playoff 4th 6 3 0 3
Germany 1995 Runner-up 2nd 6 2 0 4
India 1996 Playoffs 6th 0 0 2 4
Australia 1997 Runner-up 2nd 6 5 0 1
Pakistan 1998 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1
Australia 1999 Champions 1st 6 4 1 1
Netherlands 2000 Playoffs 5th 6 2 2 2
Netherlands 2001 Runner-up 2nd 6 4 0 2
Germany 2002 Playoffs 5th 6 1 0 5
Netherlands 2003 Runner-up 2nd 6 3 1 2
Pakistan 2004 Did not participate
India 2005 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1
Spain 2006 Playoffs 4th 6 2 1 4
Malaysia 2007 Runner-up 2nd 8 4 1 3
Netherlands 2008 Champions 1st 6 4 1 1
Australia 2009 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1
Germany 2010 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
New Zealand 2011 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0
Australia 2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0
Argentina 2014 Not Qualified Yet
Total 13 Titles 33/34 - - - -

Oceania Cup[edit]

Oceania Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
Australia 1999 Champions 1st 3 2 0 1
Australia 2001 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0
New Zealand 2003 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0
Fiji 2005 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0
Australia 2007 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0
New Zealand 2009 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0
Australia 2011 Champions 1st 3 1 1 1
New Zealand 2013 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0
Total 8 Titles 8/8 25 21 2 2

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
Malaysia 1998 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1
England 2002 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0
Australia 2006 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
India 2010 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
Scotland 2014 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
Australia 2018 Not Qualified Yet
Total 4 Titles 4/4 20 19 0 1

Ranking[edit]

In 2014, Australia beat the Netherlands 5 - 1 taking the top rank.

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup.

Head coach: Ric Charlesworth

No. Player Pos. Age
1 Jamie Dwyer 35
2 Liam De Young 32
3 Simon Orchard 27
4 Glenn Turner 29
5 Chris Ciriello 28
6 Robert Hammond 32
9 Mark Knowles (c) 30
11 Eddie Ockenden 27
12 Jake Whetton 22
No. Player Pos. Age
16 Matthew Gohdes 24
17 Aran Zalewski 23
19 Tim Deavin 29
20 Matthew Swann 24
24 Tyler Lovell GK 26
27 Kieran Govers 26
30 Andrew Charter GK 27
31 Fergus Kavanagh 28
32 Jeremy Hayward 21

Noteworthy players[edit]

Noteworthy former and current members of the national team include Ric Charlesworth.[9]

Family[edit]

Barry Dancer/Brent Dancer and Ric Charlesworth/Jonathan Charlesworth are two pairs of father as coach and son as player while both were affiliated with the national team in those positions.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kookaburras ready to toss the monkey". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ Epstein, Jackie (21 October 2009). "Dwyer breaks free of Holland binds – Australia always comes first". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). p. 76. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. pp. 177–178. ISBN 0644036672. 
  4. ^ Dorling Kindersley Limited. (1999). The Olympic Games. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Dorling Kindersley. p. 320. ISBN 1864660635. OCLC 57337092. 
  5. ^ Dorling Kindersley Limited. (1999). The Olympic Games. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Dorling Kindersley. p. 327. ISBN 1864660635. OCLC 57337092. 
  6. ^ Dorling Kindersley Limited. (1999). The Olympic Games. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Dorling Kindersley. p. 335. ISBN 1864660635. OCLC 57337092. 
  7. ^ Dorling Kindersley Limited. (1999). The Olympic Games. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Dorling Kindersley. p. 343. ISBN 1864660635. OCLC 57337092. 
  8. ^ a b Petrie, Andrea (18 October 2009). "Sons a chip off the old stick – HOCKEY". Melbourne, Australia. p. 19. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. p. 116. ISBN 0644036672. 

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