Saturday January 11, 2014 by Media Release - Hockey
A solitary strike by Billy Bakker consigned the Kookaburras to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Olympic silver medallists, the Netherlands, at the World League Finals on Saturday.
Despite enjoying the better of the chances, Australia’s men were made to pay for failing to find the net from seven penalty corners, although they were unfortunate to find Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann in good form.
Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Ric Charlesworth said, “We only have ourselves to blame. We didn’t play at the level I think we can today. We didn’t play as well as we would like for many reasons; our basics were poor but we still made enough chances to win the game and didn’t. We had seven or eight corners. That’s where we’re at, at the moment. Read more
Friday January 10, 2014 by Media Release - Hockey
A goal from Jake Whetton in the final minute of the Kookaburras’ opening World League Finals match against Belgium earned the Aussie men all three points on day one of the tournament in Delhi.
Kieran Govers announced his return to fitness with two excellent penalty corner strikes to twice put Australia ahead only for Belgium to level almost immediately on each occasion.
But the quick thinking Whetton ensured the Kookaburras avenged their previous results against the Belgians, who beat Australia in the opening fixture of the World League Semi-Finals in Rotterdam last June before beating them in a shoot-out in the final of the same tournament. Read more
Monday December 23, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth has named his 18 athlete squad for next month’s inaugural Hero Hockey World League Finals tournament in Delhi, India.
As the Australian men commence a busy and high profile year featuring the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy competitions, as well as the World League Finals, Charlesworth’s squad features a number of athletes for whom the World League Finals offers an opportunity to gain highly valuable major tournament experience.
It also sees the return of two of the Kookaburras’ biggest names with Olympic gold medal winner Mark Knowles and London 2012 Olympian Kieran Govers both back from injury. Read more
Sunday November 3, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
A dominant second half performance by the Kookaburras earned Australia’s men a commanding 5-2 victory over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup final on Sunday afternoon. The outcome meant an eighth consecutive Oceania Cup title for the Kookaburras.
Jason Wilson (QLD) broke the deadlock late in the first half while Jake Whetton’s (QLD) double, the first of which was a cheeky lob over the goalkeeper, put the Kookaburras in the driving seat early in the second period. Russell Ford’s (VIC) thunderbolt strike was an immediate riposte to Steve Edwards’ goal for New Zealand before Glenn Simpson (VIC) fired home a low penalty corner for 5-1. A late goal from New Zealander Nick Haig was little more than a consolation strike.
Afterwards, coach Graham Reid said that overall he was pleased with how his side had performed but warned that improvements must still be made if the Kookaburras are to regain the coveted world number one spot. Read more
Friday November 1, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
The Kookaburras came from behind to beat rivals New Zealand in their second match at the Oceania Cup on Friday morning.
The game took place more than 15 hours after it was originally scheduled following torrential rain that caused the new pitch in Stratford to flood on Thursday night.
While all the goals came in the first half, a tight trans-Tasman affair entertained throughout with both sides failing to convert a number of opportunities in the second period.
Goals from Jason Wilson (QLD), Chris Ciriello (VIC) and Russell Ford (VIC) earned the Kookaburras all three points as they responded well to Blair Hilton’s opener for the Black Sticks. Read more
Sunday October 20, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
The International Super Series Hockey 9s was designed with the pace and skills of the Kookaburras in mind and they demonstrated just how precisely it was made to measure with a 9-4 win in Sunday’s final against Argentina.
When the sides met in the round robin stages, they battled out a thrilling 4-4 draw, with the Argentines fighting back from 4-1 down.
The Kookaburras were not in a mood to let that happen again but after dominating the opening moments without reward, it took the appearance of Jamie Dwyer off the bench to make an instant impact. Read more
Friday October 18, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
The Kookaburras notched their first victory of the International Super Series, 8-0 against a plucky Malaysia. Queenslander Jamie Dwyer scored a hat-trick as the Australians were lethal from the penalty corner, converting five chances.
Aran Zalewski’s goal in the 18th minute was the beginning of an irresistible Kookaburras run of play that showed what the side is capable of. He noticed the improvement from the 4-all draw on Thursday night against Argentina.
“Finishing for one [was better], we got four goals yesterday and eight today is obviously a big improvement. Read more
Thursday October 17, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
Argentina restricted Australia’s Kookaburras to a 4-all draw in the first men’s fixture at the International Super Series Hockey 9s. Australia opened the tournament with a scoring blitz before Argentina returned it with interest, as both sides had claims on taking the victory.
The Lions served it up to the home side and while their performance may have surprised the crowd, it didn’t catch Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden off-guard.
“They’re a pretty good team. We’ve played them a fair bit over the last 12 months, obviously played them at the Olympics and we drew.” Read more
Wednesday October 9, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
Hockey Australia has announced two Kookaburras squads ahead of next week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament in Perth and the Oceania Cup in Taranaki, New Zealand later this month.
The squads feature a number of notable inclusions; amongst them, the return from injury of three-time Olympic medal winning defender Liam De Young (QLD), who hasn’t played for the Kookaburras since the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Some of the game’s biggest names will step out for the innovative 9-a-side International Super Series, which begins next Thursday and will be broadcast on ABC 1. Read more
Monday August 26, 2013 by Media Release - Hockey
The line-up for hockey’s 2013 International Super Series Hockey 9s is complete with the women’s teams of Canada and Malaysia added to the bill for what promises to be the most hotly contested edition of the innovative 9-a-side tournament.
Canada and Malaysia will join Australia’s Hockeyroos and world champions Argentina in the women’s competition in Perth, WA. The line-up for the men’s tournament sees Australia’s world champ Kookaburras go up against Argentina, Pakistan and Malaysia.
The fixtures for the October tournament have also been released with tickets available through Ticketmaster. Read more