Darwin-born Des Abbott has announced his retirement from international hockey after making 111 appearances for the Kookaburras. The prolific forward informed coach Ric Charlesworth of his decision on Thursday, calling time on an international career that has seen him win an Olympic bronze medal, and Gold at World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
The 27 year old scored 61 times in his 111 outings, including six at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where his goals helped Australia to the bronze medal ahead of the Netherlands. He was the first athlete to win the prestigious Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year Award three times but was left disappointed after injury forced his withdrawal from the Kookaburras squad for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the time, Charlesworth called it “the most difficult thing I’ve had to do in my time [as coach].” The past year has seen Abbott undergo surgery on his knee and endure a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Continue reading →