FIH announce the winners of the FIH 2014 Player of the Year

  • FIH 2014 International Players of the Year – Mark Knowles and Ellen Hoog
  • FIH 2014 Goalkeepers of the Year – Jaap Stockmann and Joyce Sombroek
  • FIH 2014 Rising Stars of the Year – Gonzalo Peillat and Florencia Habif

15 January 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce the winners of the FIH 2014 Player of the Year Awards.

The Awards comprised six categories in the search for the very best players in the world during 2014.  A shortlist was compiled for each category by an expert panel of hockey professionals.  And then the voting began. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Captain Knowles Named International Player of the Year

Australian men’s hockey captain Mark Knowles has been named as the sport’s International Player of the Year for 2014. In the award was announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday, Dutch superstar Ellen Hoog has been unveiled as the women’s International Player of the Year for 2014.

Mark Knowles Australia Kukaburras Captain

Mark Knowles (Australia Captain) named International Player of Year for 2014

The International Goalkeeper of the Year titles were dominated by the Netherlands players as Jaap Stockmann and Joyce Sombroek took the respective titles. While, previously called the Young Player of the Year, the International Male and Female Rising Stars of the Year both went to Argentina with Gonzalo Peillat and Florencia Habif scooping the Awards respectively.

The 30 year-old from Rockhampton, Queensland, topped the polling after leading the Kookaburras to dual gold medal success as Australia clinched the World Cup and Commonwealth Games titles within six weeks of one another. Continue reading →

Knowles and Govers Return to Kookaburras Squad

Australia men’s hockey team coach Ric Charlesworth has named his 18 athlete squad for next month’s inaugural Hero Hockey World League Final tournament. The tournament will be played from 10th-18th January at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, India, where 8 best teams will fight for first Hockey World League title and valuable ranking points (Full Schedule here).

Kothajit Singh of India and Kieran Govers of Australia in action (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Photo: Kieran Govers in action during Champions Trophy 2012 (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

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. Continue reading →

Four Australian co-captains lead players signing up for Hockey India League

NEW DELHI, October 16: Several Australian hockey stars have joined their captain Jamie Dwyer in making themselves available for the prestigious Hockey India League. As many as four Australian co-captains Mark Knowles, Fergus Kavanagh, Liam de Young and Edward Ockenden will be part of the Hockey India League Players Auction to be held next month.

Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the presence of a number of Australian stars would add to the quality of the league. It is our pleasure to unveil a star-studded list of Australian players who have signed contracts to be available for the Hockey India League Players Auction, he said. Continue reading →