Australia men's national field hockey team

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Australia
Australia
Nickname Kookaburras
Association Hockey Australia
Confederation OHF (Oceania)
Coach Graham Reid
Assistant coach Paul Gaudoin
Manager Martin Ferrari
Captain Eddie Ockenden
FIH ranking 1
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First kit
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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) 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

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup.[9][10]

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
18 Tristan White 24
19 Tim Deavin 29
20 Matthew Swann 24
22 Flynn Ogilvie 21
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]

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][11]

See also[edit]

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. ^ "Kookaburras Squad Profiles". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Hockey - Men". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  11. ^ 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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