Australia firming as tournament favourites

Tuesday December 1, 2009 by  

Australia has retained its perfect record after racking up a third consecutive win after defeating England 2-1 at the Melbourne State Hockey and Netball Centre this evening.

The Kookaburras had already proven that they were a team to beat in this tournament; including a dominant all pitch performance against Netherlands to win 7-2 on Sunday afternoon.

England opened the scoring courtesy of Iain McKay with a sweet field goal just 10 minutes into the contest and Australia was forced to play catch hockey in a bid to level the scores.

Australia continued to let a number of chances on goal fall short and English goal keeper Nick Fair stopped his far share of ball, something that the Kookaburras were determined to counteract. Read more

Kookaburras beat Dutch in one sided affair

Sunday November 29, 2009 by  

After opening their Champions Trophy campaign with a dominant performance against Korea, Australia remains unbeaten after a 7-2 drubbing of world number four the Netherlands.

Coming off a performance that coach Ric Charlesworth believed wasn’t a super performance from his charges, the Kookaburras responded with a much improved and disciplined performance.

Grant Shubert was the hero for Australia, scoring a hat trick that included two goals within a minute and star striker Jamie Dwyer also got his name on the scorers list with a 61st minute field goal to all but seal a dominant performance.

Others to score for the Kookaburras were Glen Turner (19th minute), Brent Dancer (22nd minute) and Luke Doerner (51st) via a penalty corner goal. Read more

Champions Trophy squad announced

Wednesday November 11, 2009 by  

The Kookaburras squad for the Champions Trophy was announced by coach Rick Charlesworth today.

In a squad that features both youth and experience, two players have been given the opportunity of a lifetime by Charlesworth.

Queensland’s Matthew Swan and West Australian Brent Dancer have been selected to represent their country in a tournament that is held in high regard much like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

What makes the selection of both players remarkable is that Swan debuted for Australia just under a year ago against Malaysia, while Dancer is also inexperienced with just six appearances to his name after making his debut against Canada earlier this year. Read more