Kookaburras reach World Cup final

Saturday June 14, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras will have the chance to defend their 2010 title after reaching Sunday’s men’s hockey World Cup final in The Hague with a 5-1 semi-final victory over Argentina. The result means there will be two Aussie-Dutch finals this weekend with the Kookaburras following their female counterparts, the Hockeyroos, into a final against the hosts.

Penalty corner prowess proved decisive with 21 year-old Northern Territorian Jeremy Hayward bagging a double with goals either side of half time. Set piece flicks from Kieran Govers and Chris Ciriello, and Jake Whetton’s inch perfect tomahawk just before the break sealed the Australian men’s fifth World Cup final and a shot at a third gold medal.

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth, who won the tournament as a player in 1986, said afterwards, “I think we played a really, really solid first half and we scored a couple of corners, which gives you a boost, always. We made chances, we got penetration, we controlled the ball…I was pleased with that. Read more

‘Burras scorch four past India

Monday June 9, 2014 by  

A ferocious opening 25 minutes in which they scored four unanswered goals saw the Kookaburras progress to the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup with a 100% record after beating India 4-0 to top Pool A with a maximum 15 points.

Kieran Govers’ third minute opener gave the Australian men the perfect start with Chris Ciriello doubling the advantage from a penalty corner in the 16th minute, firing his 80th goal for his country.

21 year old Jeremy Hayward made it 3-0 when he flicked home a rebound at a penalty corner, coolly slotting the ball over the shoulder of goalkeeper Sreejesh, who would go on to make a string of outstanding saves in the second half. Ciriello bagged his second and Australia’s fourth with a low penalty corner two minutes later. Read more

Kookaburras stunning win over England

Sunday June 8, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras swept into the semi finals of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup with a stunning 5-0 victory over England in The Hague on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Gohdes’ early strike inside the opening 30 seconds set the tone for a feast of goals in a first half that finished with Kieran Govers scoring one of the goals of the tournament, knocking a Mark Knowles aerial pass into the goal with just one second of the half remaining.

In between, two of Australia’s most decorated players – Athens Olympic gold medallists Liam De Young and Jamie Dwyer – showed they still know where the goal is with De Young knocking home a penalty corner rebound and Dwyer finishing from close range after Jake Whetton’s unselfish pass across goal. Read more

Kookaburras storm to victory

Friday June 6, 2014 by  

Two goals in a storming opening ten minute spell helped the Kookaburras to a 3-1 victory over Belgium in their World Cup title defence in The Hague on Thursday.

Chris Ciriello’s lightning quick penalty corner drag flick seven minutes in and Jake Whetton’s close range finish two minutes later put the Australian men in the driving seat against a Belgium side backed by a sizeable support just 90km from home.

Goalkeeper Andrew Charter held Belgium’s Red Lions at bay on numerous occasions in the first half before, a minute into the second period, Eddie Ockenden finished a tremendous solo effort with a tomahawk strike through the legs of goalkeeper Vincent Vanash for 3-0. Read more

‘Burras fast start, steamroll Spain

Monday June 2, 2014 by  

A commanding performance from start to finish helped the Kookaburras to a second consecutive win, 3-0 over Spain, at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague on Monday.

Coming out of the blocks like a steam train the Kookaburras stormed into the lead as Tim Deavin, who replaced the injured Glenn Simpson in Australia’s World Cup squad, casually placed a low tomahawk strike into the bottom corner two minutes in.

Captain Mark Knowles doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after just ten minutes but could only watch as a second penalty stroke rebounded back off the crossbar and out in the 21st minute. Read more

Kookaburras strong start to World Cup title defence

Saturday May 31, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras’ defence of their 2010 World Cup title began with a 4-0 victory over Malaysia in the tournament’s opening game in The Hague on Saturday.

Prolific forward Glenn Turner’s raceaway goal in the 25th minute set the Kookaburras on their way ahead of a commanding second half performance where goals in quick succession from Eddie Ockenden, Jamie Dwyer and Turner again put them in the driving seat.

Four-time World Cup winning coach Ric Charlesworth declared he was happy with his side’s opening performance. He said, “The first game is always difficult. I think [in] the first game of the tournament everyone is a bit anxious and things are just being sorted out but I’m pleased with the result. Read more

Charlesworth to stand down

Wednesday March 26, 2014 by  

World renowned hockey coach Ric Charlesworth has announced today that he will step down from his position as National Coach to the Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Charlesworth, who has led the way in sports coaching for more than two decades, will relinquish his position after six years in the role during which he led the Kookaburras to World Cup and Commonwealth Games titles, an Olympic bronze medal and four Champions Trophy gold medals.

In announcing his decision, Charlesworth said, “I believe it is the right time to reassign my priorities for my family; my wife, children and grandchildren. I am no longer keen on spending up to three months a year away and overseas as one must do as the national coach of the Kookaburras. Read more

Men’s World Cup pools revealed

Thursday January 23, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras will come up against the likes of European heavyweights England and Belgium at the World Cup after the pools for the tournament were revealed by the FIH.

Following the conclusion of the inaugural edition of the men’s Hockey World League competition in New Delhi, India, the FIH has revealed reveal the pools for this year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Alongside the Kookaburras, who will be defending their 2010 World Cup crown in The Hague, Pool A will consist of England (world ranking 4), Belgium (5), India (8), Spain (10) and Malaysia (13). Olympic champions Germany (2) will face hosts, the Netherlands (3), New Zealand (6), Korea (7), Argentina (11) and South Africa (12) in Pool B. Read more

Kookaburras set to regainWorld No.1 spot

Saturday January 18, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras will be re-crowned the world’s number one team despite missing out on the bronze medal in controversial circumstances at the World League Finals in Delhi.

Australia’s final position of fourth, coupled with Germany’s seventh place finish will see the Kookaburras leapfrog the Olympic champions in the rankings when the International Hockey Federation publishes the latest standings next week.

Australia missed out on the bronze medal in a 2-1 defeat to England with the match ending in controversial circumstances when a last minute Australian equaliser was overturned after initially being awarded. Read more

‘Burras fight back but miss finals

Friday January 17, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras will play off for the bronze medal at the World League Finals in Delhi on Saturday night after losing narrowly to the Netherlands in a game that saw them fight back from two goals down to lead 3-2 but ultimately succumb 4-3.

Two penalty corner strikes from Kieran Govers either side of Russell Ford’s superb long range deflection had helped the Kookaburras fight their way into the lead after being 2-0 down at half time.

But goals in the final ten minutes from Jeroen Herzberger and Mink van der Weerden consigned the Aussie men to the third place playoff. Read more