Colin Batch

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Colin Batch
National team
1979–1990 Kookaburras 175 (100)

Colin Batch (born 27 March 1958 in Melbourne, Victoria) is a professional international field hockey coach and former international player from Australia. Batch is the head coach of the Australian Men's national hockey team the Kookaburras following his appointment on Tuesday 6th December 2016. He was the head coach of the New Zealand Men's national hockey team the Black Sticks between 2013-2016. Prior to this he was the head coach of the Belgium Men's national hockey team the Red Lions from 2010–2012. From 2001–2008 he was the assistant coach of the most successful Australian Men's national hockey team the Kookaburras in history. During this era Australia broke their Olympic hoodoo winning the Gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics as well as Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Silver at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, Gold at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and Gold at the 2005 and 2008 Champions Trophies.

Player[edit]

Batch competed in 175 international matches for Australia between 1979 and 1990.

Playing Achievements[edit]

Australia:

1979–90 - Australian Team Representative (1987–1988 Vice Captain)

World Cup: Gold: 1986, Bronze: 1982, 1990

Olympic Games: 4th place: 1984, 1988, Boycott: 1980

Champions Trophy: Gold: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, Silver: 1981, 1982, 1986, Bronze: 1980, 1987, 1988

Batch held the record for the fastest hat-trick in Champions Trophy history from 1980–2009 with an 8-minute hat-trick against the Netherlands in a 7-3 win during the 1980 tournament. The record was beaten in 2009 when Nam Hyun-Woo scored a 7-minute hat-trick to secure Korea a 4-3 win over Spain.[1]

Other

1977–92 - Victorian State Team (National Hockey League, Australia) (1985, 88, 92 Champion) (1985–1992 Captain)

Coach[edit]

Batch is the head coach of the Australian Men's national hockey team the Kookaburras following his appointment on Tuesday 6th December 2016. He was the head coach of the New Zealand Men's national hockey team the Black Sticks between 2013-2016. Prior to this he was the head coach of the Belgium Men's national hockey team the Red Lions from 2010–2012. From 2001–2008 he was the assistant coach of the Australian Men's national hockey team the Kookaburras.

Qualifications[edit]

FIH Coach (High Performance) 1999

Level 3 Hockey Coach

Coaching Achievements[edit]

Australian Men's National Coach – Kookaburras 2017-[edit]

Batch commenced his role as head coach of the Australian Men's national hockey team the Kookaburras in January 2017.

New Zealand Men's National Coach – Black Sticks 2012-2016[edit]

World League: Silver: 2012–2013

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Gold: 2015

Belgian Men's National Coach – Red Lions 2010-2012[edit]

Tournament History – Red Lions

Year Round Position
Belgium 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge I Champions 1st
Belgium 2011 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship Semifinals 4th
Belgium 2012 London Olympics Playoff 5th
Total 1 Title

Olympic Games: 5th 2012

European Championships: 4th: 2011

Champions Challenge: Gold: 2011

All Star Team: 2011

Batch guided the Red Lions to the 2012 London Olympics through qualification at the 2011 European Championships. In a tournament where the top 4 ranked teams qualified for London, Belgium defied their world ranking to finish 4th in the tournament. Belgium beat 5th world ranked nation Spain in their Pool A match 3-2 which was virtually the decider allowing them to finish second in their pool and set up a semi-final showdown against neighbors Holland. Belgium went down to Holland 4-2 before taking on England in the 3v4 playoff. Belgium lost the bronze medal match in Golden goal extra-time to England 2-1. Beating the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalists in Spain came as no surprise to the Belgian team who are fast improving as they push to become a top ranked nation.[2]

Australian Men's National Assistant Coach – Kookaburras 2001-2008[edit]

Olympic Games: Gold: 2004, Bronze: 2008

World Cup: Silver: 2002, 2006

Champions Trophy: Gold: 2005, 2008, Silver: 2001, 2003, 2007

Commonwealth Games: Gold: 2002, 2006


Other[edit]

Euro Hockey League

KO08: 2010-11 (KHC Dragons, Belgium)

KHC Dragons experienced remarkable success in their first appearance in the EHL. The Dragons went through Round 1.1 undefeated beating German powerhouse and 2x EHL champions UHC Hamburg 4-2 to finish 1st in Pool E and take them into the KO16. Developing a reputation in the EHL for beating the big clubs of European hockey continued in the KO16 when the Dragons defeated the 2009-10 German champions Rot-Weiss Köln 3-2. KHC Dragons faced Reading HC in their KO8 encounter losing the battle in a shoot-out 2-2 (1-2). The Dragons are well and truly a big in Europe![3]

Honour Division Men (Belgium)

Kampioen: 2009-10, 2010-11 (KHC Dragons)

The Dragons formidable record in the Honour Division continued throughout the 2010-11 season with the team from Brasschaat never moving away from the top position of the ladder. With 19 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses from 22 matches, Dragons went into the finals favorites to retain their title. Dragons won their semi-final series against Watducks ahead of the finals playoff with Racing. Dragons won game one of the three game playoff 3-2 before losing game two 2-4. In game three Dragons defeated Racing 3-3 (4-3 Penalties) to win back-to-back championships.

National Hockey League (Australia)

Champions: 1994 (Queensland), 1995 (Townsville), 1998 (Melbourne)

Awards
Preceded by
Australia Ric Charlesworth
2011 All Star Team (Men) – Coach
2011
Succeeded by
Australia To be determined
Preceded by
Australia N/A
Australian Sports Medal
2000
Succeeded by
Australia N/A
Preceded by
Australia N/A
Australian Hockey Association Award of Merit
1991
Succeeded by
Australia N/A

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