Robert Hammond

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Rob Hammond
2008 Australian Olympic team Robert Hammond - Sarah Ewart.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Country Australia
Sport Field hockey
Event(s) Men's team

Robert Hammond (born 1981) is an Australian field hockey player from Queensland. He has played hockey on the state level. He has been a consistent member of the Australia men's national field hockey team. He was with the team when they won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is competing for a spot on the team to represent the country at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was also a member of the team that won a gold medal at the 2010 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy.


Hammond was born in 1981 in Queensland.[1][2][3]

Field hockey[edit]

In 1999, Hammond had a scholarship with and played for the Australian Institute of Sport team.[4] He has represented his state in the Australian Hockey League, playing for them in the final game of the 2010 season.[5]

National team[edit]

Hammond is a member of the Australia men's national field hockey team. In 2007, he did not compete in the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament.[6] In December 2007, Hammond played Kookaburras squad that competed in the Dutch Series in Canberra.[7] In 2006, he represented Australia at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.[8] In 2007, he was injured and not able to play for Australia. He was temporarily replaced on the roster by Kiel Brown.[9] In January 2008, he was a member of the senior national team that competed at the Five Nations men's hockey tournament in South Africa.[10] New national team coach Ric Charlesworth named him, a returning member, alongside 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.[11] In 2009, he was a member of the national team during a five-game test series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia against Malaysia.[12] He was on the squad in 2010.[5] That year, he was a member of the team that finished first at the Hockey Champions Trophy.[5] In 2010, he was part of the team that won the World Cup in India. He and Kiel Brown were considered by team coaches as one of the major contributors to the team in helping them secure their medal.[13]


Hammond won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics[1][14] and a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1] He scored a goal in the bronze medal game against the Netherlands in the country's 6-1 victory.[15] 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.[16][17][18][19] This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[16] 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.[14] He is one of several Queensland based players likely to play in a three-game test series to be played in Cairns, Queensland from 22 to 25 June against the New Zealand's Black Stickss. Final Olympic section will occur several days before this test and his inclusion in the series will be contingent upon being selected.[3]

Professional hockey[edit]

In 2010 and 2011, he played professional hockey in the Netherlands.[13][20]


  1. ^ a b c "Australian Olympic Committee: Robert Hammond". Sydney, Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kookaburras begin their Olympic Games Campaign". Perth, Western Australia: Hockey Australia. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "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. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (18 February 1999). "Victory wins AIS spot". The Advertiser. Adelaide, Australia. p. 88. 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. ^ "Ockenden to miss Trophy But Dancer recalls Wells". Hobart Mercury. Hobart, Australia. 5 October 2007. p. 48. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Canberra Times: Lakers duo in Kookaburras side for series". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia: Financial Times Information Limited — Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Malarski, Paul (22 May 2006). "Tassie teenager in Australian team". Hobart Mercury. Hobart, Australia. p. 48. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Eisenhammer, Debbie (4 September 2007). "Wesley fix sights on the finals". Southern Gazette. Perth, Australia. p. 57. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bulletin Wire: Fresh faces for next Kookaburras tour". Bulletin Wire. Australia: Financial Times Information Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Carroll, Abbott in new-look Kookaburras". Northern Territory News. Darwin, Australia. 15 April 2009. p. 46. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  12. ^ AAP (2 October 2009). "Charlesworth welcomes son". The Australian. Australia. p. 37. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "World cup heroes aim high". Canning Times. Perth, Australia. 13 April 2010. p. 50. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Todorovic, Damien (9 February 2012). "Kookaburras secure first-up win against Australia A". Sunday Times. Perth, Western Australia. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Australia beats Netherlands for bronze". Associated Press Archive. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  16. ^ a b AAP (14 December 2011). "Kookaburras name training squad for 2012 Olympic Games". Sydney: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Stephan, Gene (21 February 2012). "Kookaburras have no reason to laugh". The West Australian. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 35. AUS_T-20111215-1-035-447690. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "SCOREBOARD". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 116. DTM_T-20111215-1-116-447684. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  20. ^ 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.