Charlesworth and Caldas are FIH 2014 Coaches of the Year

  • FIH 2014 Men’s team Coach of the Year – Ric Charlesworth
  • FIH 2014 Women’s team Coach of the Year – Max Caldas
FIH 2014 Coach of the Year Ric Charlesworth and Max Caldas

FIH 2014 Coach of the Year Ric Charlesworth and Max Caldas

16 January 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural FIH 2014 Coach of the Year.  Ric Charlesworth has won the Men’s team Coach of the Year and Max Caldas has been awarded the Women’s team Coach of the Year. Continue reading →

Kookaburras’ Squad Announced: 4th World Cup for Dwyer and De Young

28 April 2014 (Perth, Australia) – The Kookaburras’ squad for next month’s men’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup has been announced by Hockey Australia. National Coach Ric Charlesworth and the selection panel have named what they believe to be the best balanced 18 athlete squad as Australia looks to successfully defend the gold medal won at the 2010 World Cup in Delhi.

 

Kookaburras Hockey Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

A file photo of Kookaburras training (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Ten of that world title-winning side are selected for the 2014 campaign while just three of the squad have made fewer than 50 appearances for Australia.

Announcing the squad, Charlesworth said of the selection process: “It’s as hard as it’s ever been for me. 28 [fit athletes] doesn’t go into 18. It’s been a difficult process and there are two or three very unlucky people; some we just couldn’t find a place for.”
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Kookaburras and Black Sticks play 1-1 Draw

After an easy 4-1 victory on Thursday, the Kookaburras were made to play catching up by the New Zealand Black Sticks, as both the sides played out a hotly contested 1-1 draw in the second and final match of their Easter Test series in Perth on Saturday evening.

Glenn Turner’s close range finish late in the first half earned the Kookaburras a deserved equaliser after they had fallen behind to Kiwi Kane Russell’s deflected early penalty corner. Australia’s last official Test before coach Ric Charlesworth selects his squad for the World Cup, the match was a far tighter affair than Thursday’s 4-1 Kookaburras victory. Continue reading →

Kookaburra Des Abbott Retires from International Hockey

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.

Australian Hockey Plaer Des Abbott in action for the Kookaburras. (Credits: Grant Treeby - Treeby Images)

Australian Hockey Plaer Des Abbott in action for the Kookaburras. (Credits: Grant Treeby – Treeby Images)

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 →

Waveriders take on Magicians and Look to continue winning run

Saturdays game 26th January: Delhi Waveriders vs Dabur Mumbai Magicians at the MDC National Stadium at 7:00 PM.

New Delhi, 25th January 2013: Points table leaders Delhi Waveriders would look to continue their winning run when they take on bottom placed Dabur Mumbai Magicians in the Hero Hockey India League at the Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey stadium here on Saturday.

Mumbai MagiciansThe Waveriders have been the only unbeaten team in the tournament so far, winning four and drawing one at the half way stage of the tournament and have 22 points to show for their effort, while their opponent Mumbai Magicians are yet to register a win or draw in the tournament after playing 5 matches. However, the hosts Waveriders can not take a chance of taking Ric Charlesworth coached Magicians lightly as the visitors have started gaining momentum.

Coached by Ajay Kumar Bansal, the Waveriders have been the only team that looked settled from the first match and that has been the difference between them and their opponents in close games. Continue reading →

Five more Kookaburras join Mumbai Magicians and Punjab Warriors

After return of 9 Pakistani players, the Hockey India League board quickly resolved the issue of teams having fewer players, allowing them to select replacement players from the list of reserves who missed out in the original auction.

Liam De Young

Liam De Young

Australian coaches in the league Ric Charlesworth (Mumbai Magicians) and Barry Dancer (Punjab Warriors) immediately filled their sought after vacancies with trusty foes – 2013 Kookaburras national squad players.

Charlesworth added Kookaburras co-captain Liam de Young, London Olympic bronze medallist Tim Deavin and 2012 Champions Trophy gold medallist’s Glenn Simpson and Jason Wilson. The Magicians team now comprises 8 Australian players while the Warriors have 7. Dancer opted to replace Kashif Shah with Victorian and 2012 Champions Trophy gold medallist, Russell Ford. Continue reading →