Australia men's national field hockey team


The Australia men's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Kookaburras) is one of the nation's most successful top-level sporting teams. They are the only Australian team in any sport to receive medals at the last six Summer Olympic Games (1992–2012). The Kookaburras placed in the top four in every Olympics between 1980 and 2012; in 2016, the Kookaburras placed sixth.[2] They also won the Hockey World Cup in 1986, 2010 and 2014.

Australia
NicknameKookaburras
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachColin Batch
Assistant coach(es)Anthony Potter
ManagerNathan Eglington
CaptainAran Zalewski
Most capsEddie Ockenden (366)
Top scorerJamie Dwyer (244)
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 2 (2 June 2021)[1]
Highest1 (2005, 2010–2011, 2014 – January 2017, December 2017 – July 2018, June 2019 – January 2020)
Lowest3 (2003)
Olympic Games
Appearances15 (first in 1956)
Best result1st (2004)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1971)
Best result1st (1986, 2010, 2014)
Oceania Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1999)
Best result1st (1999–2017)

The Kookaburras' inability to win an Olympic gold medal despite their perennial competitiveness, led many in the Australian hockey community to speak of a "curse" afflicting the team,[3] finally broken in 2004 with the win in Athens.

History


Australia's first men's team competed in an international match in 1922.[4]

The first major competition won by the national team was the 1983 World Championships held in Karachi.[5]

Participations


Australia's first men's team competed at the Olympics in field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics.[5]

Australia did not medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics[6] or the 1988 Summer Olympics.[7] At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Australia earned a silver medal, losing gold to Germany.[8] At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Australia finished third, earning a bronze medal.[9]

The team won their first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Barry Dancer coached the side.[10]

Should Australia win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics they will become the first national team in field hockey history to hold all four international titles available to them simultaneously. They would hold titles in the 2012 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2011 Champions Trophy and their continental championship (2011 Oceania Cup) at the same time. Along with those four titles Australia also holds the Commonwealth Games title from the 2010 championships.

Tournament records


World Cup[11]
Year Host city Position
1971 Barcelona, Spain 8th
1973 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 5th
1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina 3rd
1982 Bombay, India 3rd
1986 London, England 1st
1990 Lahore, Pakistan 3rd
1994 Sydney, Australia 3rd
1998 Utrecht, Netherlands 4th
2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd
2006 Mönchengladbach, Germany 2nd
2010 New Delhi, India 1st
2014 The Hague, Netherlands 1st
2018 Bhubaneswar, India 3rd
Champions Trophy[12]
Year Host city Position
1978 Lahore, Pakistan 2nd
1980 Karachi, Pakistan 3rd
1981 Karachi, Pakistan 2nd
1982 Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
1983 Karachi, Pakistan 1st
1984 Karachi, Pakistan 1st
1985 Perth, Australia 1st
1986 Lahore, Pakistan 2nd
1987 Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
1988 Lahore, Pakistan 3rd
1989 Berlin, West Germany 1st
1990 Melbourne, Australia 1st
1991 Berlin, Germany 4th
1992 Karachi, Pakistan 2nd
1993 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
1994 Lahore, Pakistan 4th
1995 Berlin, Germany 2nd
1996 Madras, India 6th
1997 Adelaide, Australia 2nd
1998 Lahore, Pakistan 3rd
1999 Brisbane, Australia 1st
2000 Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2001 Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd
2002 Cologne, Germany 5th
2003 Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2004 Lahore, Pakistan
2005 Chennai, India 1st
2006 Terrassa, Spain 4th
2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd
2008 Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st
2009 Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010 Mönchengladbach, Germany 1st
2011 Auckland, New Zealand 1st
2012 Melbourne, Australia 1st
2014 Bhubaneswar, India 3rd
2016 London, United Kingdom 1st
2018 Breda, Netherlands 1st
World League[13]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Semifinal Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd
Final New Delhi, India 4th
2014–15 Semifinal Antwerp, Belgium 1st
Final Raipur, India 1st
2016–17 Semifinal Johannesburg, South Africa 3rd
Final Bhubaneswar, India 1st
Commonwealth Games[14]
Year Host city Position
1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2002 Manchester, England 1st
2006 Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010 New Delhi, India 1st
2014 Glasgow, Scotland 1st
2018 Gold Coast, Australia 1st
Pro League[15]
Year Host city Position
2019 Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
Olympic Games[16]
Year Host city Position
1908 London, United Kingdom
1920 Antwerp, Belgium
1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932 Los Angeles, United States
1936 Berlin, Germany
1948 London, United Kingdom
1952 Helsinki, Finland
1956 Melbourne, Australia 5th
1960 Rome, Italy 6th
1964 Tokyo, Japan 3rd
1968 Mexico City, Mexico 2nd
1972 Munich, Germany 5th
1976 Montreal, Canada 2nd
1980 Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984 Los Angeles, United States 4th
1988 Seoul, South Korea 4th
1992 Barcelona, Spain 2nd
1996 Atlanta, United States 3rd
2000 Sydney, Australia 3rd
2004 Athens, Greece 1st
2008 Beijing, China 3rd
2012 London, United Kingdom 3rd
2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th
2020 Tokyo, Japan Qualified
2024 Paris, France TBD
2028 Los Angeles, United States TBD
Oceania Cup[17]
Year Host city Position
1999 Brisbane, Australia 1st
2001 Melbourne, Australia 1st
2003 Christchurch & Wellington, New Zealand 1st
2005 Suva, Fiji 1st
2007 Buderim, Australia 1st
2009 Invercargill, New Zealand 1st
2011 Hobart, Australia 1st
2013 Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2015 Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2017 Sydney, Australia 1st
2019 Rockhampton, Australia 1st
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup[18]
Year Host city Position
1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
1985 Ipoh, Malaysia
1987 Ipoh, Malaysia
1991 Ipoh, Malaysia
1994 Penang, Malaysia 3rd
1995 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1996 Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd
1998 Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
1999 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2001 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
2003 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2005 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2006 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd
2007 Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2008 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009 Ipoh, Malaysia
2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
2011 Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2015 Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd
2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2017 Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd
2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st

Team


Current squad

The following 18 players represented Australia during the test match against New Zealand on 1 June 2021.[19]

Caps and goals are current as of 1 June 2021 after the match against New Zealand.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
24 1GK Tyler Lovell (1987-05-23) 23 May 1987 (age 34) 147 0 Perth Thundersticks
30 1GK Andrew Charter (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 34) 183 0 Canberra Chill

6 2DF Matthew Dawson (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 27) 144 12 NSW Pride
10 2DF Joshua Beltz (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 26) 45 3 Tassie Tigers
14 2DF Dylan Martin (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 23) 4 0 NSW Pride
15 2DF Joshua Simmonds (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 25) 22 1 HC Melbourne
16 2DF Timothy Howard (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 24) 64 1 Brisbane Blaze
32 2DF Jeremy Hayward (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 28) 160 68 Tassie Tigers

11 3MF Edward Ockenden (C) (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 34) 370 71 Tassie Tigers
12 3MF Jacob Whetton (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 30) 207 64 Brisbane Blaze
22 3MF Flynn Ogilvie (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 27) 113 21 NSW Pride
23 3MF Daniel Beale (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 28) 181 28 Brisbane Blaze

5 4FW Tom Wickham (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 31) 57 27 Perth Thundersticks
7 4FW Nathan Ephraums (1999-06-09) 9 June 1999 (age 22) 7 3 HC Melbourne
9 4FW Jacob Anderson (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 24) 25 10 Brisbane Blaze
13 4FW Blake Govers (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 24) 101 87 NSW Pride
25 4FW Trent Mitton (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 30) 176 81 Perth Thundersticks
29 4FW Timothy Brand (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 22) 43 17 NSW Pride

The remainder of the 2021 national squad is as follows:[20]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Johan Durst (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 30) 3 0 HC Melbourne v.  India; 17 May 2019

DF Corey Weyer (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 25) 43 3 Brisbane Blaze v.  Argentina; 7 March 2020
DF Jake Harvie (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 23) 72 3 Perth Thundersticks v.  New Zealand; 30 May 2021

MF Lachlan Sharp (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 23) 52 11 NSW Pride v.  New Zealand; 30 May 2021
MF Tom Craig (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 25) 101 29 NSW Pride v.  Great Britain; 2 February 2020
MF Aran Zalewski (C) (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 30) 191 25 Perth Thundersticks v.  Argentina; 7 March 2020
MF Kurt Lovett (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0 NSW Pride v.  India; 22 February 2020

FW Jack Welch (1997-10-26) 26 October 1997 (age 23) 10 3 Tassie Tigers v.  Argentina; 7 March 2020

Notable players

Results


2021 Fixtures & Results

2021 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
44000154+1112
Trans–Tasman Series
30 May 2021 Match 3 New Zealand  2–4  Australia Palmerston North, New Zealand
15:00 Russell  20'
MacIntyre  26'
Report Mitton  7'
Hayward  8'
Govers  20'
Ephraums  36'
Stadium: Massey University
FIH Pro League
XXXII Summer Olympics
24 July 2021 Pool Stage Japan  v  Australia Tokyo, Japan
09:30 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
25 July 2021 Pool Stage India  v  Australia Tokyo, Japan
18:30 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
27 July 2021 Pool Stage Argentina  v  Australia Tokyo, Japan
09:30 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
28 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia  v  New Zealand Tokyo, Japan
21:15 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
30 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia  v  Spain Tokyo, Japan
10:00 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium

Goalscorers

2021 Goalscoring Table
Pos. Player FG PC PS Total
1 Nathan Ephraums 2 1 0 3
Jeremy Hayward 0 3 0
Thomas Wickham 3 0 0
2 Blake Govers 0 1 1 2
Trent Mitton 2 0 0
3 Jacob Anderson 0 1 0 1
Timothy Brand 1 0 0
Total 8 6 1 15

Family


Barry Dancer/Brent Dancer and Ric Charlesworth/Jonathan Charlesworth are two pairs of father as coach and son as player while both were affiliated with the national team in those positions.[10][21]

Recognition


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