Australia women's national field hockey team


The Australia women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Hockeyroos) are, as of January 2019, ranked third in the world.[2] Having played their first game in 1914, and their first Olympic game in 1984 they are one of Australia's most successful sporting teams, boasting three Olympic gold medals (1988, 1996, 2000), two World Cup gold medals (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.

Australia
NicknameHockeyroos
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachKatrina Powell
Assistant coach(es)Tim White
ManagerKatie Allen
CaptainEmily Chalker
Georgina Morgan
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FIH ranking
Current 3 1 (2 June 2021)[1]
Australia women's national field hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
1988 SeoulTeam
1996 AtlantaTeam
2000 SydneyTeam
World Cup
1994 Dublin
1998 UtrechtTeam
1990 Sydney
2006 MadridTeam
2014 The HagueTeam
1983 Kuala Lumpur

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. The team was coached from 2011 by Adam Commens, who was replaced after the 2016 Summer Olympics, where the side failed to medal, by Paul Gaudoin.

Amid much turmoil, Gaudoin quit in March 2021 and was replaced by former player, Katrina Powell.[3]

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 fifth.

Great Hockeyroos


Rechelle Hawkes

As part of the Olympic team in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, Rechelle Hawkes is the most decorated Hockeyroo 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. In 2018, Hawkes was made a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to hockey."

Alyson Annan

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

As a highly recognised Hockeyroo, Nikki Hudson has become one of the most identifiable Australian athletes. Retiring in 2009, the striker was formerly the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 303 games (at the time, being the only Hockeyroo to play over 300 games). Since her debut in 1993 at the age of 17, Hudson scored 99 goals in international competition. In 2008, she played in her third successive Olympic Games.

Madonna Blyth

Following her debut in 2004, Madonna Blyth became one of the most prominent Hockeyroos in history. Retiring in 2016, the midfielder became the highest capped player in the history of the Hockeyroos, finishing on 342 games, surpassing the record previously set by Nikki Hudson. During her career she won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and two World Cup silvers. She was also the captain of the team from 2009 until her retirement in 2016, following the Olympic Games.

The Hockeyroos Today


Australia vs Netherlands, Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Following the 2016 Summer Olympics, many of the Hockeyroos' core players retired, forcing the team into a development phase. In 2017, long time player Emily Chalker was named captain of the team during this rebuilding phase. Following a disappointing Hockey World League campaign, the team won the Oceania Cup, sparking what would become a string of success for the team.

The Hockeyroos played three major tournaments in 2018, winning silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy. The team only failed to medal at the World Cup, where they finished fourth.

Following her return to the squad in 2018, Jodie Kenny was named as a co-captain of the team, along with Emily Chalker and Georgina Morgan. The team started 2019 with an historic 1–0 victory over world number one, the Netherlands in the FIH Pro League, this marked their first win over the Dutch since the 2009 Champions Trophy. At the conclusion of the group stage of the Pro League, the Hockeyroos finished in third place, qualifying for the Grand Final and the FIH Olympic Qualifiers.

Tournament records


World Cup[4]
Year Host city Position
1981 Buenos Aires, Argentina 4th
1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
1986 Amsterdam, Netherlands 6th
1990 Sydney, Australia 2nd
1994 Dublin, Ireland 1st
1998 Utrecht, Netherlands 1st
2002 Perth, Australia 4th
2006 Madrid, Spain 2nd
2010 Rosario, Argentina 5th
2014 The Hague, Netherlands 2nd
2018 London, England 4th
2022 Terrassa, Spain
Amstelveen, Netherlands
TBD
Oceania Cup[5]
Year Host city Position
1999 Sydney, Australia 1st
2001 Auckland, New Zealand 1st
2003 Melbourne, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
1st
2005 Sydney, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
1st
2007 Buderim, Australia 2nd
2009 Invercargill, New Zealand 2nd
2011 Hobart, Australia 2nd
2013 Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2015 Stratford, New Zealand 1st
2017 Sydney, Australia 1st
2019 Rockhampton, Australia 2nd
Commonwealth Games[6]
Year Host city Position
1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st
2002 Manchester, England 3rd
2006 Melbourne, Australia 1st
2010 New Delhi, India 1st
2014 Glasgow, Scotland 1st
2018 Gold Coast, Australia 2nd
World League[7]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Semifinal London, England 1st
Final San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 2nd
2014–15 Semifinal Antwerp, Belgium 3rd
Final Rosario, Argentina 6th
2016–17 Semifinals Brussels, Belgium 5th
FIH Pro League[8]
Year Finals Host city Position
2019 Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2020 No Grand Final TBD
Olympic Games[9]
Year Host city Position
1980 Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984 Los Angeles, United States 4th
1988 Seoul, South Korea 1st
1992 Barcelona, Spain 5th
1996 Atlanta, United States 1st
2000 Sydney, Australia 1st
2004 Athens, Greece 5th
2008 Beijing, China 5th
2012 London, United Kingdom 5th
2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th
2020 Tokyo, Japan Qualified
Champions Trophy[10]
Year Host city Position
1987 Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
1989 Germany, West Germany 2nd
1991 Berlin, Germany 1st
1993 Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
1995 Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1997 Berlin, Germany 1st
1999 Brisbane, Australia 1st
2000 Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
2001 Amstelveen, Netherlands 3rd
2002 Macau, China 4th
2003 Sydney, Australia 1st
2004 Rosario, Argentina 4th
2005 Canberra, Australia 2nd
2006 Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2007 Quilmes, Argentina 4th
2008 Mönchengladbach, Germany 5th
2009 Sydney, Australia 2nd
2010 Nottingham, England
2011 Amstelveen, Netherlands 6th
2012 Roasario, Argentina
2014 Mendoza, Argentina 2nd
2016 London, England 4th
2018 Changzhou, China 2nd
Champions Challenge I[11]
Year Host city Position
2002–2011 Did not Compete
2012 Dublin, Ireland 1st
2014 Glasgow, Scotland

Squad


Olympic squad

On 14 June 2021, the Australian Olympic Committee announced the Hockeyroos 16-player team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[12]

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

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps GoalsClub
27 GK Rachael Lynch (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 34) 225 0 HC Melbourne

6 DF Penny Squibb (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 28) 13 1 Perth Thundersticks
13 DF Edwina Bone (C) (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 33) 205 5 Canberra Chill
15 DF Kaitlin Nobbs (1997-09-24) 24 September 1997 (age 23) 84 4 NSW Pride
20 DF Karri Somerville (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Perth Thundersticks
22 DF Kate Jenner (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 31) 130 1 NSW Pride

4 MF Amy Lawton (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 19) 17 3 HC Melbourne
14 FW Stephanie Kershaw (C) (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 26) 67 9 Brisbane Blaze
18 MF Jane Claxton (C) (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 28) 184 18 Adelaide Fire
21 MF Renee Taylor (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 24) 85 8 Brisbane Blaze

2 FW Ambrosia Malone (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 23) 54 14 Brisbane Blaze
3 FW Brooke Peris (C) (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 28) 174 26 Canberra Chill
24 FW Mariah Williams (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26) 86 16 NSW Pride
26 FW Emily Chalker (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 28) 247 83 NSW Pride
30 FW Grace Stewart (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 24) 86 25 NSW Pride
32 FW Savannah Fitzpatrick (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 26) 64 15 Brisbane Blaze

The remainder of the 2021 national squad is as follows:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ashlee Wells (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 31) 123 0 Adelaide Fire v.  New Zealand; 30 May 2021
GK Aleisha Power (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Perth Thundersticks v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021
GK Jocelyn Bartram (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28) 54 0 NSW Pride v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021

DF Sophie Taylor (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 22) 37 2 HC Melbourne v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021
DF Madison Fitzpatrick (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 24) 78 17 Brisbane Blaze v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021
DF Meg Pearce (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 26) 2 0 Brisbane Blaze v.  New Zealand; 28 May 2021

MF Georgia Wilson (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 25) 41 0 Perth Thundersticks v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021
MF Greta Hayes (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 24) 12 0 NSW Pride v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021
MF Kalindi Commerford (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 26) 53 9 Canberra Chill v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021
MF Laura Barden (1994-09-06) 6 September 1994 (age 26) 49 5 HC Melbourne v.  New Zealand; 30 May 2021

FW Courtney Schonell (2000-09-17) 17 September 2000 (age 20) 3 0 NSW Pride v.  New Zealand; 1 June 2021

Records

Highest Capped Players[13]
Rank Player Games
1 Madonna Blyth 342
2 Nikki Hudson 303
3 Rechelle Hawkes 279
4 Karen Smith 271
5 Casey Sablowski 258
6 Katrina Powell 252
7 Emily Chalker 243
8 Jodie Kenny 233
9 Lisa Carruthers 230
Louise Dobson
Highest Goal Scorers[14]
Rank Player Goals
1 Alyson Annan 166
2 Rechelle Hawkes 141
3 Jodie Kenny 111
4 Jacqui Pereira 109
5 Nikki Hudson 99
6 Jenny Morris 83
Emily Chalker
8 Michelle Andrews 74
9 Madonna Blyth 70
10 Ashleigh Nelson 69

Results


Past Results

2021 Fixtures & Results

2021 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
4103086+26
Trans–Tasman Series
FIH Pro League
XXXII Summer Olympics
25 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia  v  Spain Tokyo, Japan
10:00 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
26 July 2021 Pool Stage Australia  v  China Tokyo, Japan
12:15 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
28 July 2021 Pool Stage Japan  v  Australia Tokyo, Japan
18:30 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
29 July 2021 Pool Stage New Zealand  v  Australia Tokyo, Japan
21:15 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium
31 July 2021 Pool Stage Argentina  v  Australia Tokyo, Japan
11:45 Report Stadium: Oi Hockey Stadium

Goalscorers

2021 Goalscoring Table
Pos. Player FG PC PS Total
1 Stephanie Kershaw 2 0 0 2
Ambrosia Malone 2 0 0
2 Kalindi Commerford 1 0 0 1
Madison Fitzpatrick 0 1 0
Savannah Fitzpatrick 1 0 0
Mariah Williams 1 0 0
Total 7 1 0 8

Other Programs


National Development Squad

In addition to the core 27 player squad, Hockey Australia also maintains an 23 player development squad. The 2021 squad is as follows:

See also


References