Australia women's national field hockey team

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Australia
Australia
NicknameHockeyroos
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachPaul Gaudoin
Assistant coach(es)Tim White
ManagerKatie Allen
CaptainEmily Chalker
Jodie Kenny
Georgina Morgan
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Current 2 Steady (8 September 2019)[1]
Australia women's national field hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1994 Dublin
Gold medal – first place 1998 Utrecht Team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Sydney
Silver medal – second place 2006 Madrid Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 The Hague Team
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Kuala Lumpur

The Australia women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Hockeyroos) are, as of January 2019, ranked third in the world.[2] Having played their first game in 1914, and their first Olympic game in 1984 they are one of Australia's most successful sporting teams, boasting three Olympic gold medals (1988, 1996, 2000), two World Cup gold medals (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.

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 fifth.

Great Hockeyroos[edit]

Rechelle Hawkes[edit]

As part of the Olympic team in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, Rechelle Hawkes is the most decorated Hockeyroo 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. In 2018, Hawkes was made a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to hockey."

Alyson Annan[edit]

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.

Nikki Hudson[edit]

As a highly recognised Hockeyroo, Nikki Hudson has become one of the most identifiable Australian athletes. Retiring in 2009, the striker was formerly the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 303 games (at the time, being the only Hockeyroo to play over 300 games). Since her debut in 1993 at the age of 17, Hudson scored 99 goals in international competition. In 2008, she played in her third successive Olympic Games.

Madonna Blyth[edit]

Following her debut in 2004, Madonna Blyth became one of the most prominent Hockeyroos in history. Retiring in 2016, the midfielder became the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 342 games, surpassing the record previously set by Nikki Hudson. During her career she won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and two World Cup silvers. She was also the captain of the team from 2009 until her retirement in 2016, following the Olympic Games.

The Hockeyroos Today[edit]

Australia vs Netherlands, Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Following the 2016 Summer Olympics, many of the Hockeyroos' core players retired, forcing the team into a development phase. In 2017, long time player Emily Chalker was named captain of the team during this rebuilding phase. Following a disappointing Hockey World League campaign, the team won the Oceania Cup, sparking what would become a string of success for the team.

The Hockeyroos played three major tournaments in 2018, winning silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy. The team only failed to medal at the World Cup, where they finished fourth.

Following her return to the squad in 2018, Jodie Kenny was named as a co-captain of the team, along with Emily Chalker and Georgina Morgan. The team started 2019 with an historic 1–0 victory over world number one, the Netherlands in the FIH Pro League, this marked their first win over the Dutch since the 2009 Champions Trophy. At the conclusion of the group stage of the Pro League, the Hockeyroos finished in third place, qualifying for the Grand Final and the FIH Olympic Qualifiers.

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup[3]
Year Host city Position
1981 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 4th
1983 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
1986 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 6th
1990 Australia Sydney, Australia 2nd
1994 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 1st
1998 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 1st
2002 Australia Perth, Australia 4th
2006 Spain Madrid, Spain 2nd
2010 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 5th
2014 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands 2nd
2018 England London, England 4th
Oceania Cup[4]
Year Host city Position
1999 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2001 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 1st
2003 Australia Melbourne, Australia
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
1st
2005 Australia Sydney, Australia
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
1st
2007 Australia Buderim, Australia 2nd
2009 New Zealand Invercargill, New Zealand 2nd
2011 Australia Hobart, Australia 2nd
2013 New Zealand Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2015 New Zealand Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2017 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2019 Australia Rockhampton, Australia 2nd
Commonwealth Games[5]
Year Host city Position
1998 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2002 England Manchester, England 3rd
2006 Australia Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010 India New Delhi, India 1st
2014 Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 1st
2018 Australia Gold Coast, Australia 2nd
World League[6]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Semifinal England London, England 1st
Final Argentina San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 2nd
2014–15 Semifinal Belgium Antwerp, Belgium 3rd
Final Argentina Rosario, Argentina 6th
2016–17 Semifinals Belgium Brussels, Belgium 5th
FIH Pro League[7]
Year Finals Host city Position
2019 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
Olympic Games[8]
Year Host city Position
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984 United States Los Angeles, United States 4th
1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea 1st
1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain 5th
1996 United States Atlanta, United States 1st
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 5th
2008 China Beijing, China 5th
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 5th
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th
2020 Japan Tokyo, Japan Qualified
Champions Trophy[9]
Year Host city Position
1987 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
1989 Germany Germany, West Germany 2nd
1991 Germany Berlin, Germany 1st
1993 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1997 Germany Berlin, Germany 1st
1999 Australia Brisbane, Australia 1st
2000 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
2001 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
2002 China Macau, China 4th
2003 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2004 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 4th
2005 Australia Canberra, Australia 2nd
2006 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2007 Argentina Quilmes, Argentina 4th
2008 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 5th
2009 Australia Sydney, Australia 2nd
2011 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 6th
2014 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina 2nd
2016 England London, England 4th
2018 China Changzhou, China 2nd
Champions Challenge I[10]
Year Host city Position
2002 – 2011 Did not Compete
2012 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 1st
2014 Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 27 players were named in the Australian national squad for the 2020 calendar year.[11]

Caps and goals are current as of 26 October 2019 after the match against Russia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
5 1GK Ashlee Wells (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 30) 119 0 South Australia Adelaide Fire
19 1GK Jocelyn Bartram (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 26) 48 0 New South Wales NSW Pride
27 1GK Rachael Lynch (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 33) 220 0 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne

2DF Karri Somerville (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Western Australia Perth Thundersticks
1 2DF Sophie Taylor (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 24) 31 2 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne
7 2DF Jodie Kenny (C) (1987-08-18) 18 August 1987 (age 32) 229 111 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
10 2DF Madison Fitzpatrick (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 22) 74 17 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
11 2DF Karri McMahon (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 27) 147 10 South Australia Adelaide Fire
13 2DF Edwina Bone (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 31) 197 4 Australian Capital Territory Canberra Chill
15 2DF Kaitlin Nobbs (1997-09-24) 24 September 1997 (age 22) 76 4 New South Wales NSW Pride
17 2DF Georgina Morgan (C) (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 26) 93 19 New South Wales NSW Pride
22 2DF Kate Jenner (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 29) 122 1 New South Wales NSW Pride

4 3MF Amy Lawton (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 17) 10 3 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne
8 3MF Georgia Wilson (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 23) 33 0 Australia Perth Thundersticks
9 3MF Lily Brazel (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 24) 50 1 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne
12 3MF Greta Hayes (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 23) 6 0 Australia NSW Pride
14 3MF Stephanie Kershaw (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 24) 59 6 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
18 3MF Jane Claxton (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 27) 176 18 South Australia Adelaide Fire
21 3MF Renee Taylor (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 23) 77 7 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
23 3MF Kalindi Commerford (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 25) 45 7 Australian Capital Territory Canberra Chill
31 3MF Laura Barden (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 25) 42 5 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne

4FW Gabrielle Nance (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 25) 70 7 South Australia Adelaide Fire
2 4FW Ambrosia Malone (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 21) 46 11 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
3 4FW Brooke Peris (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 26) 167 27 Australian Capital Territory Canberra Chill
24 4FW Mariah Williams (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 24) 81 15 New South Wales NSW Pride
26 4FW Emily Chalker (C) (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 27) 239 83 New South Wales NSW Pride
30 4FW Grace Stewart (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 22) 81 24 New South Wales NSW Pride

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have received call-ups in the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Penny Squibb (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 26) 10 1 Australia Perth Thundersticks v.  Great Britain; June 9, 2019

MF Kristina Bates (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23) 45 2 Australia HC Melbourne v.  China; August 21, 2019
MF Hayley Padget (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 27) 14 1 Australia HC Melbourne v.  Germany; February 10, 2019

FW Rebecca Greiner (1999-06-13) 13 June 1999 (age 20) 17 1 Australia Brisbane Blaze v.  Netherlands; June 29, 2019
FW Savannah Fitzpatrick (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 24) 60 14 Australia Brisbane Blaze v.  New Zealand; September 8, 2019
FW Michaela Spano (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 22) 5 0 Australia Adelaide HC v.  United States; May 10, 2019

Records[edit]

Highest Capped Players[12]
Rank Player Games
1 Madonna Blyth 342
2 Nikki Hudson 303
3 Rechelle Hawkes 279
4 Karen Smith 271
5 Casey Sablowski 258
6 Katrina Powell 252
7 Emily Chalker 239
8 Lisa Carruthers 230
Louise Dobson
10 Angie Lambert 229
Highest Goal Scorers[13]
Rank Player Goals
1 Alyson Annan 166
2 Rechelle Hawkes 141
3 Jodie Kenny 111
4 Jacqui Pereira 110
5 Nikki Hudson 99
6 Jenny Morris 83
Emily Chalker
8 Michelle Andrews 74
9 Madonna Blyth 70
10 Ashleigh Nelson 69

Results[edit]

Past Results[edit]

2020 Fixtures & Results[edit]

2020 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ±0 0

FIH Pro League[edit]

Other Programs[edit]

National Development Squad[edit]

In addition to the core 27 player squad, Hockey Australia also maintains a 15 player development squad. The 2019 squad is as follows:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings September 2019 – Women" (PDF). FIH. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "FIH RANKINGS — OUTDOOR". International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Home – FIH".
  4. ^ "Oceania Cup". Hockey Australia. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Home – FIH".
  6. ^ "Home – FIH".
  7. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
  8. ^ "Home – FIH".
  9. ^ "Home – FIH".
  10. ^ "Home – FIH".
  11. ^ "2020 squad announced for evolving Hockeyroos". hockey.org.au. Hockey Australia. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian women's players". Hockey Australia.
  13. ^ "Australian women's players". Hockey Australia.

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