Clinical Kookaburras beat England in the QF of Champions Trophy

Despite a valiant effort, Australia have beaten England 2-0 in their quarter final match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne. One goal either side of half-time from Jamie Dwyer and Christopher Ciriello was enough to see the Kookaburras seal the victory and head through to a semi-final clash with the ever improving India. England will now face Belgium in the 5th to 8th place matches at 21:30 tomorrow night (Friday 7 December).

England's Nick Catlin is in fine form against Australia at the Champions Trophy

England’s Nick Catlin is in fine form against Australia at the Champions Trophy

England matched Australia in the first half and were unlucky to go a goal down after Loughborough Students’ Henry Weir slipped in the circle allowing Jason Wilson to poach the ball and find Dwyer whose reverse stick shot bobbled up past a fast approaching George Pinner. The second half saw the Kookaburras settle in to their stride and with 17 minutes to go Ciriello powered a fast and accurate drag flick home to make it 2-0 and take his side through.

Speaking after the game England head coach Jason Lee said, “I thought we played a very solid game. Our lack of clinical circle play was the key difference between the two sides today and Australia took their chances well. Overall I was really pleased with the performance.” Continue reading →

Hockey India League names three Indians and three Overseas players as Marquee Players

NEW DELHI, November 29: Hockey India League has named its Brand Ambassadors Sardar Singh (India) and Jamie Dwyer (Australia) as well as the world’s most capped player Teun de Nooijer (the Netherlands), Germany’s double Olympic gold medallist Moritz Fürste and Indians Sandeep Singh and SV Sunil as Marquee Players for the December 16 Hockey India League Auction.

Mr Rajat Sharma, Jamie Dwyer, Rajiv Shukla (Minister of State for Parilaimentary Affairs), Sardar Singh and Narinder Batra (Secretary General, Hockey India and Chairman, Hockey India League) during a launch of Hockey India League Logo

Jamie Dwyer (2L) and Sardar Singh (2R) with Mr Rajat Sharma (L), Rajiv Shukla (Minister of State for Parilaimentary Affairs) (C) and Narinder Batra (Secretary General, Hockey India and Chairman, Hockey India League) (R)

“We are pleased to announce three players each from India and overseas as Marquee Players in the Hockey India League Players’ Auction set for December 16,” said Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. “The six franchises will engage one each of these Marquee Players whose craft makes them huge crowd pullers. Continue reading →

Jamie Dwyer Stars as Queensland Dominate Day 1

The best of Australian men’s hockey talent was on display when the Australian Hockey League commenced at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra today. The championships continue until 27 October. With many of the Australian Olympic team turning out for their states, strong rivalry was evident and the quality of games produced some unexpected and remarkable scores. Twenty-four goals were scored in today’s four matches.

In the main match, the Queensland Blades made up for last year’s disappointing performance when they beat the 2011 AHL Champions WA Thundersticks 6-0. From the first minute, the game was played at a fast-pace with the exceptional skills of current and former Australian representatives entertaining the crowd. Continue reading →

Dwyer to Lead Kookaburras Charge Against Spain

Game: Wednesday August 1 at 5.20pm(AEST) LIVE Foxtel and Channel Nine
AUSTRALIA V SPAIN
Pool A:
Australia, South Africa, Spain, Great Britain, Pakistan, Argentina

The mighty Kookaburras dominated their Olympic opener against South Africa but it will be a tougher task to defeat unpredictable Spain, tomorrow. Spain is known for its attacking style of play and its uncanny ability to score from random opportunities.

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The team is led by one of the world’s top players in captain Santi Frexia but they suffered a blow in the opening round when he broke his arm, ruling him out of the Games. A solid performance against Pakistan however, holds the team in good stead, coming in against the Australians.

While Spain drew 1-1 with Pakistan, one could argue it could easily have won the match and alongside host nation Great Britain, it poses the greatest threat to the Kookaburras in Pool A. Continue reading →

Dwyer Hat-Trick Leads Australia to Victory

FIVE-TIME World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer has equalled a Kookaburra’s record and scored a hat-trick to lead Australia to a 6-0 win over South Africa in their Olympic opener.

Hockey Australia LogoDwyer was electrifying and showed exactly why he is regarded as a living legend and has now equalled Australia’s goal scoring record held by New Zealand women’s coach Mark Hager.

Dwyer has scored 179 goals in 278 games, Hager achieved the same in 230 matches. The Queenslander is destined to surpass the record at the London Olympics and add yet another accolade to his illustrious career. Continue reading →