George Bazeley

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George Bazeley
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born 19 January 1984
Echuca, Victoria
Residence Perth, Western Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Field Hockey
Event(s) Men's
Club Victorian Vikings

George Bazeley (born 19 January 1984, in Echuca, Victoria[1]) is an Australian field hockey player. He plays the position of goalkeeper. Bazeley is a member of The Kookaburras, the Australia men's national field hockey team. He represents the Victorian Vikings in the Australian Hockey League domestic competition and Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League. He made his international debut in the Australian national team in January 2009 against the Netherlands. He won a gold medal at the 2010 FIH World Cup in Delhi, India. He won 3 consecutive gold medals at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 FIH Hockey Champions Trophy tournaments. He is a member of 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national squad and is trying to secure a spot on the team so he can represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal[edit]

Bazeley was born on 19 January 1984 in Echuca, Victoria.[1] He graduated University High School, Melbourne in 2001. Bazeley resides in Perth, Australia in order to spend more time with the national team.[2] One of his hobbies is playing golf. [1]

Field Hockey[edit]

Bazeley is a goalkeeper.[3] He started playing the sport when he was five years old in Echuca, Victoria.[2] He played junior hockey for the Essendon Hockey Club in Melbourne. In 2009, he was recovering from a knee injury that required surgery.[2]

Teams[edit]

Bazeley plays club hockey for the Hawthorn Hockey Club in Melbourne and the Victoria Park Hockey Club in Perth.[3] He was in goal for the team in a May 2011 match in the Victorian State League 1 competition game against Altona when his side lost 2-1.[3] In 2010/11 he played professional hockey in the Dutch hoofdklasse competition for TMHC Tilburg.

National Team[edit]

Bazeley gained the attention of the national team after a coaching change that brought Ric Charlesworth in.[2] He made his debut for The Kookaburras in January 2009.[2] He earned a gold medal at the Men's Hockey Champions Trophy.[1][4] Prior to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the coach Ric Charlesworth made getting selection an active competition between Bazeley, Nathan Burgers and Stephen Lambert.[5] In May 2011, he was with the team in Perth where they were training.[3] In May 2011, he played in the Azlan Shah Cup for Australia. The Cup featured teams from Pakistan, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Britain and New Zealand.[6] In December 2011, he was named as one of twenty-eight players to be on the 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national training squad.[7][8][9][10][11] This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[7] In February during the training camp, he played in a four nations test series with the teams being the Kookaburras, Australia A Squad, the Netherlands and Argentina.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "AIS Hockey — George Bazeley". Bruce, Australian Capital Territory: Australian Institute of Sport. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jackie Epstein (27 November 2009). "George Bazeley dives from Obscurity into the Australian Goal". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hockey (31 May 2011). "Altona — beats — Hawthorn". Leader — Hobsons Bay. Melbourne, Australia. p. 33. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Hand, Guy (29 November 2009). "Kookaburras off to a flying start after four of the best". The Sun Herald. Sydney, Australia. p. 99. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Alston, Josh (18 March 2010). "Kookaburra heroes Townsville players make big impact in Cup win". Townsville Bulletin. Townsville, Australia. p. 42. 
  6. ^ Singh, Ajitpal (26 April 2011). "New Straits Times (Malaysia): Aussies look powerful despite injury woes". New Straits Times. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b AAP (14 December 2011). "Kookaburras name training squad for 2012 Olympic Games". Sydney: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Stephan, Gene (21 February 2012). "Kookaburras have no reason to laugh". The West Australian. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 35. AUS_T-20111215-1-035-447690. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "SCOREBOARD". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 116. DTM_T-20111215-1-116-447684. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Olympic hopes — Territory pair in Kookaburras squad". Northern Territory News. Darwin, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 36. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kookaburras begin their Olympic Games Campaign". Perth, Western Australia: Hockey Australia. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 

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