Australia women's national field hockey team

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Nickname Hockeyroos
Association Hockey Australia
Confederation OHF (Oceania)
Coach Adam Commens
Assistant coach Jason Duff
Manager Stephen Davies
Captain Madonna Blyth
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Australia women's national field hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1994 Dublin
Gold medal – first place 1998 Utrecht
Silver medal – second place 1990 Sydney
Silver medal – second place 2006 Madrid
Silver medal – second place 2010 The Hague
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Kuala Lumpur

The Australia women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Hockeyroos) are Australia's national women's field hockey team. As of September 2015, they are ranked 2nd in the world.[1]

Having played their first game in 1914, and their first Olympic game in 1980 they are one of Australia's most successful sporting teams, boasting three Olympic Gold Medals from the past six Games as well as winning two World Cups (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. Since 2011 the team has been coached by Adam Commens.

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 second.

Great Hockeyroos[edit]

Rechelle Hawkes[edit]

As part of the Olympic team in 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2000, Rechelle Hawkes is one of the most revered Hockeyroos 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.

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 has already become the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 303 games (the only Hockeyroo to play over 300 games). Since her debut in 1993 at the age of 17, Hudson had scored 99 goals in international competition. In 2008, she played in her third successive Olympic Games.

Australia vs Netherlands, Sydney 2000 olympics.

The Hockeyroos today[edit]

The Hockeyroos were extremely unlucky not to have advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after finishing the rounds on 10 points, the same as China to finish second on the pool table. However, a slightly better goal difference to China saw them advance instead of Australia – this was the first time a team had finished on 10 points but not advance to the finals at an Olympic Games.

Following this a number of players retired, however a core group of experienced players such as captain Madonna Blyth, Casey Eastham and Kobie McGurk still remain, with these players quickly becoming leaders of what is now quite a young team. After finishing fifth at the 2010 World Cup the Hockeyroos bounced back a few weeks later at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, defeating New Zealand in the final to win their third gold medal. Following this tournament coach Frank Murray announced his retirement. Murray was replaced by former Kookaburra Adam Commens in November 2010. They recently won the inaugural International Super Series in Perth, playing against India and Malaysia in a modified 9-a-side format.


Hockeyroos international games
  • 1. Madonna Blyth 308
  • 2. Nikki Hudson 303
  • 3. Rechelle Hawkes 279
  • 4. Karen Smith 271
  • 5. Katrina Powell 252
  • 6. Louise Dobson 230
  • 7. Lisa Carruthers 230
Hockeyroos international goals
  • 1. Alyson Annan 166
  • 2. Katrina Powell 141
  • 3. Jacqui Pereira 109
  • 4. Nikki Hudson 93
  • 5. Jenny Morris 83
  • Captain: Madonna Blyth
  • Coach: Adam Commens
  • Assistant Coach: Katrina Powell

Tournament records[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Location Position
1980 Soviet Union Moscow Did not compete
1984 United States Los Angeles 4th
1988 South Korea Seoul 1st
1992 Spain Barcelona 5th
1996 United States Atlanta 1st
2000 Australia Sydney 1st
2004 Greece Athens 5th
2008 People's Republic of China Beijing 5th
2012 United Kingdom London 5th
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 6th

World Cup[edit]

Year Location Position
1974 France Mandelieu Did not compete
1976 West Germany Berlin
1978 Spain Madrid
1981 Argentina Buenos Aires 4th
1983 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 3rd
1986 Netherlands Amstelveen 6th
1990 Australia Sydney 2nd
1994 Ireland Dublin 1st
1998 Netherlands Utrecht 1st
2002 Australia Perth 4th
2006 Spain Madrid 2nd
2010 Argentina Rosario 5th
2014 Netherlands The Hague 2nd
2018 England London Qualified

World League[edit]


  • 2012–14 San Miguel de Tucumán

Commonwealth Games[edit]


  • 2014 Glasgow
  • 2010 New Delhi
  • 2006 Melbourne
  • 1998 Kuala Lumpur


  • 2002 Manchester

Champions Trophy[edit]


  • 2003 Sydney
  • 1999 Brisbane
  • 1997 Berlin
  • 1995 Mar Del Plata
  • 1993 Amsterdam
  • 1991 Berlin


  • 2014 Mendoza
  • 2009 Sydney
  • 2005 Canberra
  • 1989 Frankfurt
  • 1987 Amsterdam


  • 2001 Rotterdam
  • 2000 Amsterdam

Oceania Cup[edit]


  • 1999, Sydney, Australia
  • 2001, New Zealand
  • 2001, Melbourne, Australia / Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2005, Suva, Fiji
  • 2013, Stratford, New Zealand
  • 2015, Stratford, New Zealand


  • 2007, Buderim, Australia
  • 2009, Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 2011, Hobart, Australia

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Australia squad for the 2016-17 Women's FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in Brussels.[2]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
19 GK Jocelyn Bartram (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 24)New South Wales Albury, NSW 11 Australia NSW Arrows
27 GK Rachael Lynch (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 31)Victoria (Australia) Warrandyte, VIC 156 Australia VIC Vipers
10 DF Madison Fitzpatrick (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 20)New South Wales Cabarita Beach, NSW 17 Australia QLD Scorchers
11 DF Karri McMahon (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 25)South Australia Berri, SA 110 Australia SA Suns
13 DF Edwina Bone (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 29)Australian Capital Territory Evatt, ACT 134 Australia Canberra Strikers
17 DF Georgina Morgan (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 24)New South Wales Armidale, NSW 57 Australia NSW Arrows
21 DF Renee Taylor (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 20)Queensland Everton Park, QLD 18 Australia QLD Scorchers
8 MF Georgia Wilson (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 21)Western Australia Mahogany Creek, WA 0 Australia WA Diamonds
16 MF Jordyn Holzberger (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 23)Queensland Ipswich, QLD 46 Australia QLD Scorchers
18 MF Jane Claxton (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 24)South Australia Adelaide, SA 118 Australia SA Suns
23 MF Kate Hanna (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 20)New South Wales Constitution Hill, NSW 16 Australia NSW Arrows
29 MF Jacqui Day (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 25)Queensland Mountain Creek, QLD 7 Australia QLD Scorchers
28 MF Stephanie Kershaw (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 22)Queensland Townsville, QLD 13 Australia QLD Scorchers
2 FW Georgia Nanscawen (1992-05-27) 27 May 1992 (age 25)Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, VIC 196 Australia VIC Vipers
20 FW Kathryn Slattery (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 24)Western Australia South Stirling, WA 68 Australia WA Diamonds
22 FW Madeleine Ratcliffe (1997-10-17) 17 October 1997 (age 19)Victoria (Australia) Warrnambool, VIC 10 Australia VIC Vipers
26 FW Emily Smith (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 25)New South Wales Crookwell, NSW 170 Australia NSW Arrows
31 FW Laura Barden (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 23)Victoria (Australia) Kew, VIC 28 Australia VIC Vipers

The remainder of the 2016 national squad is as follows:[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
5 GK Ashlee Wells (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 28)Victoria (Australia) Morwell, VIC 90 Australia WA Diamonds
6 DF Kirstin Dwyer (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 28)Queensland Mackay, QLD 127 Australia QLD Scorchers
15 DF Kaitlin Nobbs (1997-09-24) 24 September 1997 (age 19)New South Wales Newington, NSW 11 Australia NSW Arrows
25 MF Ashlea Fey (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 25)Queensland Sunshine Coast, QLD 13 Australia QLD Scorchers
28 MF Kristina Bates (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 21)Victoria (Australia) Port Melbourne, VIC 7 Australia VIC Vipers
1 FW Gabrielle Nance (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 23)New South Wales Kingscliff, NSW 55 Australia SA Suns
3 FW Brooke Peris (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 24)Northern Territory Darwin, NT 106 Australia NT Pearls
24 FW Mariah Williams (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 22)New South Wales Parkes, NSW 63 Australia NSW Arrows
30 FW Grace Stewart (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 20)New South Wales Gerringong, NSW 28 Australia NSW Arrows

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