Australia men's national field hockey team

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Australia
Australia
NicknameKookaburras
AssociationHockey Australia
ConfederationOHF (Oceania)
CoachColin Batch
Assistant coach(es)Anthony Potter
ManagerNathan Eglington
CaptainEddie Ockenden
Aran Zalewski
Team colours Team colours Team colours
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Home
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Away
FIH ranking
Current 1 Steady (8 September 2019)[1]
Highest1 (2005, 2010–2011, 2014 – January 2017, December 2017 – July 2018, June 2019 – present)
Lowest3 (2003)
Summer Olympics
Appearances15 (first in 1956)
Best result1st (2004)
FIH World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1971)
Best result1st (1986, 2010, 2014)
Oceania Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1999)
Best result1st (1999–2017)
Australia at the 2008 Olympics
Australia at the 2012 Olympics

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.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were named in the Australia squad for the Oceania Cup from 5–8 September 2019, in Rockhampton, Australia.[19]

Caps and goals are current as of 8 September 2019 after the match against the New Zealand.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
24 1GK Tyler Lovell (1987-05-23) 23 May 1987 (age 32) 141 0 Western Australia Perth Thundersticks
30 1GK Andrew Charter (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 32) 177 0 Australian Capital Territory Canberra Chill

3 2DF Corey Weyer (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 23) 38 3 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
4 2DF Jake Harvie (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21) 64 3 Western Australia Perth Thundersticks
6 2DF Matthew Dawson (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 25) 132 12 New South Wales NSW Pride
16 2DF Tim Howard (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 23) 54 1 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
20 2DF Matthew Swann (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989 (age 30) 198 7 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
32 2DF Jeremy Hayward (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 26) 149 62 Tasmania Tassie Tigers

2 3MF Tom Craig (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 24) 97 27 New South Wales NSW Pride
11 3MF Eddie Ockenden (C) (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 32) 358 70 Tasmania Tassie Tigers
17 3MF Aran Zalewski (C) (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28) 180 23 Western Australia Perth Thundersticks
22 3MF Flynn Ogilvie (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 26) 103 22 New South Wales NSW Pride
23 3MF Daniel Beale (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 26) 171 28 Queensland Brisbane Blaze

5 4FW Tom Wickham (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 29) 48 20 Western Australia Perth Thundersticks
9 4FW Jacob Anderson (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 22) 19 8 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
12 4FW Jacob Whetton (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 28) 197 64 Queensland Brisbane Blaze
13 4FW Blake Govers (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 23) 97 83 New South Wales NSW Pride
29 4FW Timothy Brand (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 21) 34 15 New South Wales NSW Pride

The remainder of the 2020 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 28) 3 0 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne v.  India; May 17, 2019

DF Joshua Beltz (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 24) 39 3 Tasmania Tassie Tigers v.  Japan; August 7, 2019
DF Joshua Simmonds (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 24) 15 0 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne v.  Belgium; June 30, 2019

MF Kurt Lovett (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 New South Wales NSW Pride
MF Lachlan Sharp (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 22) 42 8 New South Wales NSW Pride v.  Belgium; June 30, 2019

FW Nathan Ephraums (1999-06-09) 9 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Victoria (Australia) HC Melbourne
FW Jack Welch (1997-10-26) 26 October 1997 (age 22) 8 2 Tasmania Tassie Tigers v.  New Zealand; March 17, 2019
FW Trent Mitton (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 29) 168 75 Western Australia Perth Thundersticks v.  Japan; August 7, 2019
FW Dylan Wotherspoon (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 26) 86 30 Queensland Brisbane Blaze v.  New Zealand; April 25, 2019

Notable players[edit]

Results[edit]

2019 Fixtures & Results[edit]

2019 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
18 14 0 2 2 58 31 +27 44

FIH Pro League[edit]

India Test Series[edit]

FIH Pro League[edit]

Japan Test Match[edit]

Oceania Cup[edit]

2019 Goalscoring Table[edit]

Scorers
Rank Player FG PC PS Total
1 Blake Govers 4 6 5 15
2 Jeremy Hayward 0 8 0 8
3 Jacob Anderson 6 0 0 6
4 Timothy Brand 5 0 0 5
Trent Mitton 5 0 0
6 Daniel Beale 3 0 0 3
Tom Craig 3 0 0
Flynn Ogilvie 3 0 0
Tom Wickham 3 0 0
10 Lachlan Sharp 2 0 0 2
11 Jake Harvie 1 0 0 1
Eddie Ockenden 1 0 0
Jack Welch 1 0 0
Corey Weyer 1 0 0
Dylan Wotherspoon 0 1 0
Total 38 15 5 58

Family[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

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