Australia overturn early deficit to beat hosts India

Wednesday January 15, 2014 by  

The Kookaburras progressed to the semi-finals of the World League Finals tournament after a storming 7-2 victory over their Indian hosts in Delhi on Wednesday night. The result means that the Kookaburras will meet the Netherlands, conquerors of Germany, in the final four clash at 8pm local time on Friday night.

The Aussie men were made to work for their win, however, recovering from 2-0 down to storm to victory. Early goals from India’s Birendra Lakra and Yuvraj Walmiki put the hosts in the driving seat but the Kookaburras calmly worked themselves back into the match, first through Nick Budgeon’s penalty corner and then through Jason Wilson’s superb control.

On the stroke of half time centurion Glenn Turner, making his 100th appearance for Australia, converted from close range to give the World Champions a 3-2 lead at the break. Read more

‘Burras put six past Argentina

Monday January 13, 2014 by  

A lightning quick start launched the Kookaburras to the top of Pool B ahead of Wednesday’s World League quarter finals with Queenslanders Daniel Beale and Mark Knowles, and New South Wales’ Kieran Govers all on target inside the opening 15 minutes of a 6-1 win over Argentina.

Govers’ second strike, a deflected penalty corner on the stroke of half time restored the three goal advantage the Kookaburras required to ascend the table after Facundo Callioni had pulled one back for Argentina.

The Kookaburras emerged early for the second half and immediately showed their intent, demonstrating their free-flowing attacking hockey to devastating effect. Close range goals from Victorian Russell Ford and Queenslander Jason Wilson ultimately took the Australian advantage to 6-1 as Argentina struggled to cope with the marauding men in gold. Read more

Solitary Bakker goal downs Kookaburras

Saturday January 11, 2014 by  

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

Whetton strikes late in Belgium win

Friday January 10, 2014 by  

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

Knowles & Govers return for Kookaburras

Monday December 23, 2013 by  

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

Kookaburras win 2013 Oceania Cup

Sunday November 3, 2013 by  

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

Kookaburras come from behind

Friday November 1, 2013 by  

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

Kookaburras Perth Hockey 9s champions

Sunday October 20, 2013 by  

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

Kookaburras pick up the pace

Friday October 18, 2013 by  

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

Kookaburras draw thriller with Argentina

Thursday October 17, 2013 by  

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