Liam de Young

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Liam de Young
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Country Australia
Sport Field hockey
Event(s) Men's team

Liam de Young is an Australian field hockey player. He played club hockey for St Andrew's. He is a member of Australia men's national field hockey team, winning a gold medal with the team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and another bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


De Young is from Bray Park, Queensland.[1][2][3] He attended Pine Rivers State High School.[4] He moved to Perth, Western Australia in order to be more available to the national team.[4]

Field hockey[edit]

De Young is a midfielder.[4] In 2002, he played for the St Andrew's club after not having played for the club in two years. He was the first player from St Andrew's to make Australia's senior national team.[1] In 2010, he played in the final game of the season for his state team in the Australian Hockey League.[5]

National team[edit]

De Young made his senior national team debut in 2001.[1]

He won a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.[1]

He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Australia's first ever gold medal in men's field hockey at the Olympics.[6][7] His mother, father and two brothers were in Athens to watch him win gold.[7]

In 2006, he represented Australia at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.[8] He competed in the 2007 Champions Trophy competition for Australia.[9]

He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, playing in every match at the Games for Australia.[4]

New national team coach Ric Charlesworth named him, a returning member, and fourteen total new players who had few than 10 national team caps to the squad before in April 2009 in a bid to ready the team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[10] In 2009, he was a member of the national team during a five-game test series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia against Malaysia.[11] He was a member of the national team in 2010.[5] That year, he was a member of the team that finished first at the Hockey Champions Trophy.[5] 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.[12] 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. This squad was narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[13][14][15] 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.[2] He played for the Australian A team in their 3-1 loss to the Kookaburras in the first round of the competition. He scored his team's only goal.[6] He was selected to play for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where they won the bronze medal.[16]

He was also part of the Australian team that won the 2014 World Cup.[17] At the 2014 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, De Young became just the fourth man to make 300 national team appearances for Australia (the other three being Jay Stacy, Brent Livermore and Jamie Dwyer).[18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Liam's fairytale rise". Pine Rivers Press. Brisbane, Australia. 14 August 2002. p. 38. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "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. 
  3. ^ "Cairns hosts international hockey clash". The Cairns Sun. Cairns, Australia. 15 February 2012. p. 4. TSU_T-20120215-1-004-877399. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "De Young to rest up". Pine Rivers Press. Brisbane, Australia. 27 August 2008. p. 11. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "hockey - Top guns take the field for finals". Westside News. Brisbane, Australia. 18 August 2010. p. 79. WSN_T-20100818-1-079-091512. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Todorovic, Damien (9 February 2012). "Kookaburras secure first-up win against Australia A". Sunday Times. Perth, Western Australia. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Historic gold for Liam Liam part of history". Pine Rivers Press. Brisbane, Australia. 1 September 2004. p. 1. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Malarski, Paul (22 May 2006). "Tassie teenager in Australian team". Hobart Mercury. Hobart, Australia. p. 48. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ockenden to miss Trophy But Dancer recalls Wells". Hobart Mercury. Hobart, Australia. 5 October 2007. p. 48. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Carroll, Abbott in new-look Kookaburras". Northern Territory News. Darwin, Australia. 15 April 2009. p. 46. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  11. ^ AAP (2 October 2009). "Charlesworth welcomes son". The Australian. Australia. p. 37. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Singh, Ajitpal (26 April 2011). "New Straits Times (Malaysia): Aussies look powerful despite injury woes". Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  13. ^ AAP (14 December 2011). "Kookaburras name training squad for 2012 Olympic Games". Sydney: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 35. AUS_T-20111215-1-035-447690. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "SCOREBOARD". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 116. DTM_T-20111215-1-116-447684. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Liam De Young at". Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Men's World Cup 2014". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 27 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  18. ^ West, Lawrence (27 February 2014). "De Young to play 300th game". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 27 February 2015.