Kookaburras knock GB down

Tuesday June 16, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras bounced back after a disappointing defeat by Great Britain Saturday night, knocking the hosts off a 6-1 victory in their second warm-up match at Bisham Abbey Monday night.

With the World League Semi Finals pushing back in Belgium on Saturday, Kookaburras head coach Graham Reid said afterwards that he was particularly pleased with the men’s improved performance after previously being defeated 3-1 by Great Britain.

“It was a much better performance by the team tonight, they played with a lot more tone and energy which was pleasing to see. Coming away from Saturday, we needed to be tighter as a team and putting more pressure on our opponents, which was an improvement against Great Britain tonight.” Read more

Kookaburras lose World League warm-up

Sunday June 14, 2015 by  

Despite Jamie Dwyer’s 11th goal since March, the Kookaburras fell 3-1 to hosts Great Britain in their first return to London’s Olympic Park since winning bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kookaburras coach Graham Reid said afterwards that despite defeat he is “not too concerned”, adding, “We were trying a few things today. It was a good opportunity for a hit out and it’s given us a bit of clarity for what we want to work on.

“We had passages of good play but just couldn’t string it together and finish them off. There was a lack of connectedness between the lines. Read more

Clinical Kookas take spoils

Sunday May 10, 2015 by  

A clinical final 30 minutes saw the Kookaburras overcome a tight opening half to run out 5-0 winners over Pakistan in their final match at the Hobart International Challenge.

With both sides cancelling out one another for much of the first half it took a back post deflection from Eddie Ockenden seconds before the half time hooter to separate the sides.

But it was a re-energised Australian team that emerged for the second half as strikes by Chris Ciriello and Glenn Simpson gave the Kookaburras breathing space before Trent Mitton and Flynn Ogilvie gave the scoreboard a more realistic complexion late on. Read more

Deavin delights home crowd

Saturday May 9, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras have done the double over Kiwi rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks following up Tuesday’s 3-0 win with a 5-2 victory in front of a packed Tasmanian Hockey Centre on Saturday.

Home favourite Tasmanian Tim Deavin earned the cheers of the crowd as he netted Australia’s fifth with a rocket in the dying seconds, adding to earlier goals from Chris Ciriello, Blake Govers, Trent Mitton and Jamie Dwyer.

Kookaburras Head Coach Graham Reid said afterwards he was particularly pleased with the number of opportunities his side created, acknowledging that the world champions might have won by a larger margin had they converted everything they created. Read more

Gohdes at the double

Thursday May 7, 2015 by  

A controlled performance earned the Kookaburras a 5-0 win over Korea in their fourth match of the week in Hobart. Blake Govers’ early goal, a Matt Gohdes double and strikes by Chris Ciriello and Daniel Beale did the damage for Australia, who were rarely troubled at the back.

In icy temperatures, Govers’ seventh minute strike showed there would be no freezing in front of goal as the hosts broke the deadlock. Matt Gohdes’ brace of penalty corner rebound goals either side of quarter time took his tally for the week to four and put the Kookaburras in the driving seat against a Korean side that leaked seven when the two teams met last Sunday.

Chris Ciriello chalked up a trademark penalty corner drag flick goal for 4-0 shortly before half time. It wasn’t all one-way traffic however, with the Kookaburras weathering a couple of Korean corners before the hooter, the first going wide and the second kept out by goalkeeper Tyler Lovell. Read more

Kookaburras three from three at Hobart

Tuesday May 5, 2015 by  

The Trans-Tasman clash at the men’s Hobart International Challenge had the Kookaburras finish atop of the New Zealand Black Sticks 3-0 in their third test match of the challenge Tuesday night.

Bouncing back into action after a disappointing loss to the kiwis at the recent 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final, the Kookaburras were in fine form despite the unlucky weather conditions.

It didn’t take long for the Kookaburras to break onto the scoreboard after Aran Zalewski worked their first penalty corner of the night in the 13th minute. Stepping up to the top of the circle, Chris Ciriello sent an on-target drag flick into the back of the net, setting the Kookaburras up with a 1-0 lead and scoring his 100th international goal. Read more

Kookaburras two from two

Sunday May 3, 2015 by  

Jake Whetton’s goal five minutes after the starting whistle triggered the Kookaburras’ firepower which resulted in a 7-0 victory over Korea in their second match of the men’s International Challenge in Hobart.

There was no holding back for the Kookaburras after Jake Whetton opened the floodgates five minutes into the start of the match. Awarded their first penalty corner of the International Challenge, Whetton quickly picked up a rebound shot after Korea’s goalkeeper Pyo Doo Hong denied Chris Ciriello’s drag flick, pushing the Kookaburras in front 1-0.

Following two minutes later, the Kookaburras received a second opportunity at converting a penalty corner. Matt Gohdes, stepping up to the top of the circle, netted Australia’s second goal with an on-target slap shot. Read more

‘Burras win Hobart opener

Saturday May 2, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras took to the field in their opening match of the men’s Hobart International Challenge against Pakistan on Saturday afternoon, defeating their opponents 6-0.

It was teamwork that paid dividends for Kookaburras’ forwards Glenn Simpson and Jake Whetton, who opened up the scoring four minutes after the starting whistle. Working together, Simpson fed the ball through to Whetton, who quickly slotted it behind Pakistan’s goalkeeper Imran Butt, pushing the Kookaburras in front with a 1-0 lead.

After playing at the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar, Flynn Ogilvie returned to the field, getting the last touch on Jake Whetton’s reverse stick shot in the 11th minute and adding to the Kookaburras’ score, 2-0. Read more

Olympian Russell Ford retires

Thursday April 30, 2015 by  

Olympian Russell Ford has announced his retirement from international hockey after 158 appearances for the Kookaburras in a decade-long career.

Russell Ford in action at the 2014 Champions Trophy.
Photo courtesy of Dan Carson/DC Images

The Olympic bronze medallist, 31, scored 72 times for Australia including against the Netherlands in the Kookaburras’ 2-1 victory in the Champions Trophy final on home turf in Melbourne in 2012.

Since making his debut as a 22 year-old in a 4-1 win over India in June 2006 under then coach Barry Dancer, Ford has gone on to represent Australia at the Olympic Games, the World Cup, four Champions Trophies, two Oceania Cups, and the World League semi final and final tournaments.

Explaining his decision, Ford said, “I just believe the time is right to call it a day. I have spent ten years as a part of the Kookaburras and over the past months I have had time to refresh and make my decision with a clear mind. Read more

Shoot-out sinks Kookaburras

Sunday April 12, 2015 by  

Player of the Tournament Mark Knowles’ dramatic last minute equaliser from the penalty spot was ultimately not enough as the Kookaburras went down 3-1 to New Zealand in a shoot-out after the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final ended 2-2 in regulation time.

While the Black Sticks successfully converted three of their four attempts, Jake Whetton was the Kookaburras’ only shoot-out scorer as Daniel Beale was denied by a superb double save and Eddie Ockenden and Aran Zalewski narrowly missed.

Kookaburas coach Graham Reid said afterwards, “I thought we pressed very well but at the end of the day they got a corner, a soft corner. We had lots of opportunities but we didn’t put them away. That’s what hockey’s about – capitalising on those opportunities. We didn’t do that today.” Read more