Australia men's national field hockey team

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Australia
Australia
Nickname Kookaburras
Association Hockey Australia
Confederation OHF (Oceania)
Coach Colin Batch
Assistant coach Rob Hammond and Anthony Potter
Manager Nathan Eglington
Captain Mark Knowles
FIH ranking 1
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
Team colours
First kit
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Team colours
Team colours
Second kit
Australia men's national field hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona Team
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Tokyo Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
Australia at the 2008 Olympics
Australia at the 2012 Olympics

The Australia men's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Kookaburras) is 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