Hockey Media Guide 2010 Commonwealth Games - 3-14 October, 2010 Delhi India

 
Hockey Media Guide 2010 Commonwealth Games - 3-14 October, 2010 Delhi India
Hockey Media Guide
2010 Commonwealth Games
      3-14 October, 2010
          Delhi India
CONTENTS
2010 Media Details              2

Travel Itinerary                2

Kookaburras Overview            3

Hockeyroos Overview             4

Pools                           5

Match Schedule                  13

Men’s Commonwealth Team         17

Women’s Commonwealth Team       23

Statistics                      29
MEDIA CONTACTS
For all media enquiries in the lead up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games:
Hockey Australia Communications Manager
Shaun Anderson
Ph:     (03) 9947 9922
Mob: 0412 654 931
Email: shaun.anderson@hockey.org.au

Contact number in India ‐ +91 9013 761515

Shaun Anderson will be travelling to the Commonwealth Games as part of the
Australian Commonwealth Games Associations Media Team and will be the first
point of contact for all hockey enquiries.

Team Manager contact details:
David Hatt (Kookaburras)
+91 9013 761551

Robin Shaw (Hockeyroos)
+91 9013 761552

Photos:
Images after each match will be sent to the media. For further information contact
Grant Treeby on 0419 444 166.

                     TRAVEL ITINERARY
Monday 27 September – Hockeyroos depart Australia for 2010 Commonwealth
Games

QF71: Perth 3.30pm
9W17: Singapore – Delhi

Wednesday 29 September – Kookaburras depart Australia for 2010 Commonwealth
Games

QF71: Perth 3.30pm
9W17: Singapore – Delhi

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TEAM OVERVIEW
KOOKABURRAS

The Kookaburras have gone from strength to strength since the appointment of Ric
Charlesworth as national coach at the beginning of 2009. After winning bronze at the
2008 Beijing Olympics, a number of key players, particularly defenders, retired from
international hockey. However, as per the strength of Australia’s hockey program, a
number of core key players including Jamie Dwyer, Rob Hammond, Liam De Young
and Mark Knowles, remained in the team. These players were joined by a number of
eager youngsters such as Joel Carrol, Matthew Swann and Chris Ciriello who had
been patiently waiting on the sidelines for their opportunity. With young guns Des
Abbott and Eddie Ockenden now more experienced, the Kookaburras have a great
blend of youth and experience.

This culminated in the team making the final of the 2009 Champions Trophy which
was held in Melbourne in December. Facing arch rival and world number one team
Germany in the final the Kookaburras scored early, but found themselves two goals
down at half time. In what was a great performance in front of their home crowd the
Kookaburras played a great second half, scoring four goals to win 5‐3.

This win saw the Kookaburras enter the 2010 World Cup in India only a few short
months later as favourites. Having only ever won the World Cup once, 24 years
earlier, there was a lot of pressure on the team to perform. This only increased after
the Kookaburras dropped the first game of the tournament to England. However as
all great teams do they hit back hard, not losing another game of the tournament to
once again face Germany in the final, eventually running out 2‐1 winners to reclaim
there spot as the number 1 ranked team in the world.

This form carried over throughout the remainder of the year, helping the
Kookaburras win the 2010 Champions Trophy, their third in a row and a record 11th
overall. This was despite Australia having the least experienced team at the
tournament, with Charlesworth leaving several key players back home in order to
blood some new players to create depth in the squad.

Having recently played in New Delhi, the Kookaburras have had the best possible
preparation for the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Kookaburras are the
most successful team in Australian Commonwealth Games history, having won all
three gold medals since hockey was introduced to the Games in 1998.

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HOCKEYROOS

Currently ranked 6th in the world, the Hockeyroos were extremely unlucky not to
have advanced to the semi finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after finishing the
rounds on 10 points, the same as China to finish second on the pool table. However,
a slightly better goal difference to China saw them advance instead of Australia – this
was the first time a team had finished on 10 points but not advance to the finals at
an Olympic Games.

After Beijing a number of players retired, however a core group of mid aged players
such as captain Madonna Blyth, Casey Eastham and Kate Hollywood still remained
and became the leaders of what was now a very young team. After initially deciding
to play on post the Olympics, the Hockeyroos were dealt a big blow when legendary
player Nikki Hudson announced her retirement in early 2009.

Now lacking a genuine striker, coach Frank Murray was forced to look elsewhere and
gave opportunities to youngsters Emily Hurtz and Georgia Nanscawen to play as
strikers.

Both players were selected in the 2009 Champions Trophy squad which was held in
Sydney. The Hockeyroos entered the tournament as rank outsiders with few giving
the team a chance to win more than one game. However the team lifted in front of
their home crowd, playing extremely well to make it through to the final of the
tournament, beating world number 1 team the Netherlands in the final round match
to do so.

Unfortunately after full time and then the golden goal period of the final against
Argentina the scores were tied at 0‐0, forcing the final to penalty strokes, with
Argentina coming out ahead.

In an even bigger blow to the Hockeyroos they had discovered after the game that
they had fail to qualify for the 2010 Champions Trophy due to a loop hole which saw
England automatically qualify due to the fact that the 2010 tournament is to be held
in England, despite the fact that England finished on the bottom of the table in 2009
which would usually mean relegation.

Although the Hockeyroos recently finished 5th at the World Cup in Argentina, they
played some good hockey in patches. While they have been severely hampered by
injuries to key defenders including Kobie McGurk and Teneal Attard, they are full of
confidence with players such as Nicole Arrold, Jayde Taylor and Kate Jenner all
having great campaigns at the World Cup. With coach Frank Murray recently
announcing that he will retire at the end of the Commonwealth Games, the
Hockeyroos are presented with an excellent opportunity to send Murray off in style
and begin their climb back to the top of the world rankings.

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POOLS
MEN’S COMPETITION
Kookaburras Assistant Coach Graham Reid has provided a commentary on each
team

Pool A

AUSTRALIA
Current World Rank: 1
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 1st
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Gold (1998, 2002, 2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances (including 2010): 4

PAKISTAN
Current World Rank: 8
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 2nd
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Silver (2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

Like India, they will be used to the heated conditions. They are a young and very fit
team that can run all day. Australia played them recently at the Azlan Shah and saw
that you can’t give them a sniff. We were up 4‐1 but they brought it back to 4‐4.
They pushed Australia again at the World Cup as well so we expect them to be very
difficult.

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INDIA
Current World Rank: 9
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 6th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 4th (1998)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 3

They will be difficult to beat as the home team. They beat Australia recently at the
Azlan Shah, and we expect they will have a stronger team at the Commonwealth
Games than they did at the World Cup. They will receive huge crowd support as they
did at the World Cup earlier in the year also in Delhi and like Pakistan, they will be
used to the conditions.

MALAYSIA
Current World Rank: 15
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 3rd
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Silver (1998)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 3

They beat Australia last year in a test match in Adelaide. Australia have played them
often in recent time. They too will be used to the heated conditions. They are a very
fast team who are very dangerous from their penalty corners, and a team who are
very highly rated by the Australian team.

SCOTLAND
Current World Rank: 23
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 7th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 7th (2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 2

They have quite a few players from their 2008 Olympics Great Britain team in this
squad. They are a bit of an unknown which can be quite dangerous and difficult to
prepare for. They are a good indoor team, which means they will be quite skilful.

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Pool B

ENGLAND
Current World Rank: 4
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 4th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Bronze (1998)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

They beat Australia at the same venue earlier in the year at the World Cup. Richard
Mantell and Barry Middleton will make their way back into the squad after missing
the 2010 Champions Trophy. Having a full squad at the Commonwealth Games, they
will be looking to pay back Australia after going down 4‐0 in the recent Champions
Trophy final.

NEW ZEALAND
Current World Rank: 7
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 5th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Silver (2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

New Zealand is always respected by Australia as a tough opponent. We play them
often due to the Oceania Cup and the matches are usually of high quality. They
recently competed at the Champions Trophy which indicates they are one of the best
teams in the world. Although Australia easily defeated them at the Champions
Trophy they defeated Germany (world rank 2) and drew with the Netherlands (world
rank 4), so they will be a difficult opponent.

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CANADA
Current World Rank: 10
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 9th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 6th (2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

A bit of an unknown team. They play a different style of hockey that Australia is not
used to. They have a fairly new squad which will be keen to make their mark at a
major tournament.

SOUTH AFRICA
Current World Rank: 12
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 8th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 4th (2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

They have several members of their team who have recently been playing in the
Perth hockey competition, so they will be familiar with Australia’s style of play.
Tactically, they are expected to be harder to beat than in the past.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Current World Rank: 29
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 10th
Best Olympic Result: 10th (2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 3

A total unknown for the Australian team. As they are in the other pool, we will get to
see them face other teams before we possibly play them.

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WOMEN’S COMPETITION
Hockeyroos Assistant Coach Katrina Powell has provided a commentary on each
team

POOL A

AUSTRALIA
Current World Rank: 6
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: Gold
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Gold (1998, 2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances (including 2010): 4

SOUTH AFRICA
Current World Rank: 12
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 8th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 5th (2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

South Africa has regained the services of Pietie Coetzee for the Commonwealth
Games. She is a veteran who was amongst the top goal scorers at the recent World
Cup in Argentina. She is a drag flicker who adds to their goal scoring power. They
finished 10th at the World Cup, but look to be a big threat from their penalty corners
and cant be underestimated.

INDIA
Current World Rank: 13
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: Silver
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Gold (2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

Can be brilliant at times but can also be very inconsistent. They won gold at the
Commonwealth Games in 2002 and now have a great young talent in 15 year old
Rani Rampal who was voted young player of the tournament at the recent World
Cup. She is very capable of finishing off around goals as Australia found out during
out match up at the World Cup, where Australia prevailed 6‐3.

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SCOTLAND
Current World Rank: 23
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 5th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 5th (2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

Scotland are a very tough team. They grind you down as they did against Australia
where they really pushed us at the World Cup Qualifier earlier in the year. You need
to tough it out against them to get the win.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Current World Rank: 26
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: Did not compete
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Unranked in 1998
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 2

An unknown team but they will no doubt be looking to prove themselves on the
international stage and take some big teams down.

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POOL B

ENGLAND
Current World Rank: 5
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: Bronze
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Silver (1998, 2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

Based on the World Cup results, they are the in form team at the moment. They are
months into their full time training program for the London Olympics. They are as fit
and as skillful as I have seen them, and they have the determination to back it up.
Having finished third at the World Cup, they are the only country at the
Commonwealth Games to have medaled and look to be on the improve.

NEW ZEALAND
Current World Rank: 7
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 4th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Bronze (1998)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

New Zealand are a fast and skilful attacking team. They are extremely dangerous
from their penalty corners while they also have a very good goalkeeper. Speed is the
key to their game and they love to score plenty of goals.

CANADA
Current World Rank: 19
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 9th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 7th (2002)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

An unknown team. Based on previous encounters they are always a hard working
team who run hard. They will be extremely keen to prove themselves at a big
tournament such as the Commonwealth Games

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MALAYSIA
Current World Rank: 22
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: 6th
Best Commonwealth Games Result: 6th (2006)
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 4

Malaysia are a tough and uncompromising team. They are very strong and very
determined and will be used to the heated conditions in Delhi.

WALES
Current World Rank: 28
2006 Commonwealth Games Result: Did not compete
Best Commonwealth Games Result: Unranked in 1998
Commonwealth Games Appearances: 2

Another unknown team. This will be their second Commonwealth Games
appearance and they will be looking improve on their performances from 1998.

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MATCH SCHEDULE
All times are local to India. India is 5 hours and 30 minutes behind Australia EST
Monday 4 October
         Time              Men/ Women                    Teams
       10.30am              Women                  New Zealand v Wales

        1.00pm                Women             South Africa v Trinidad &
                                                        Tobago
        4.00pm                Women                  Canada v Malaysia
        6.00pm                Women                  Ireland v Scotland

Tuesday 5 October
         Time              Men/ Women                      Teams
        8.30am              Women                     England v Wales

       10.30am                  Men                 Pakistan v Scotland
        1.00pm                Women           Australia v Trinidad & Tobago
        2.00pm                  Men              New Zealand v Trinidad &
                                                         Tobago
        4.00pm                Women               New Zealand v Malaysia
        4.30pm                  Men                Canada v South Africa
        7.00pm                  Men                   India v Malaysia

        9.00pm                Women               South Africa v Scotland

Wednesday 6 October
          Time             Men/ Women                      Teams
        8.30am                Men                   Australia v Scotland
       11.00am                Women                  Canada v England
        1.30pm                Women                   India v Australia
        3.30pm                  Men            England v Trinidad & Tobago
        6.30pm                  Men            New Zealand v South Africa
        8.30pm                  Men                 Pakistan v Malaysia

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Thursday 7 October
        Time         Men/ Women               Teams
        11am          Women       Scotland v Trinidad & Tobago
         1pm          Women             Malaysia v Wales
         4pm            Men             India v Australia
         6pm            Men            Canada v England

Friday 8 October
         Time        Men/ Women              Teams
       8.30am         Women         South Africa v Australia
       10.30am        Women        Trinidad & Tobago v South
                                             Africa
       1.30pm         Women          New Zealand v England
       3.30pm           Men         South Africa v Trinidad &
                                            Tobago
       6.30pm         Women             Wales v Canada
       8.30pm           Men           Malaysia v Scotland

Saturday 9 October
        Time         Men/ Women             Teams
       8.30am           Men          New Zealand v England
       10.30am          Men           Pakistan v Australia
       1.30pm         Women           Australia v Scotland
         2pm          Women            England v Malaysia
         4pm            Men       Trinidad & Tobago v Canada
       4.30pm         Women          New Zealand v Canada
       7.00pm           Men             Scotland v India
       9.00pm         Women           South Africa v India

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Sunday 10 October
        Time         Men/ Women                   Teams
      12.00pm           Men               England v South Africa
       2.00pm           Men               New Zealand v Canada
       4.30pm           Men               Australia v Malaysia
       7.00pm           Men                  Pakistan v India

Monday 11 October
        Time         Men/ Women                       Teams
                                     th     th
       8.30am         Women        9 /10         playoff – 5 t h Pool A v
                                                  5 t h Pool B
        11pm          Women         Semi Final – 1 s t Pool A v 2 n d
                                               Pool B
       1.30pm         Women       5 t h /6 t h playoff – 3 r d Pool A v 3 r d
                                                    Pool B
       5.30pm         Women         Semi Final – 1 s t Pool B v 2 n d
                                               Pool A
         8pm          Women       7 t h /8 t h playoff – 4 t h Pool A v 4 t h
                                                    Pool B

Tuesday 12 October
        Time         Men/ Women                       Teams
                                     th     th
       8.30am           Men        9 /10         playoff – 5 t h Pool A v
                                                  5 t h Pool B
        11am            Men         Semi Final – 1 s t Pool A v 2 n d
                                               Pool B
       1.30pm           Men       5 t h /6 t h playoff – 3 r d Pool A v 3 r d
                                                    Pool B
       5.30pm           Men         Semi Final – 1 s t Pool B v 2 n d
                                               Pool A
         8pm            Men       7 t h /8 t h playoff – 4 t h Pool A v 4 t h
                                                    Pool B

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Wednesday 13 October
        Time           Men/ Women          Teams
      10.30am           Women       Bronze medal match
         1pm            Women           Gold medal

Thursday 14 October
         Time          Men/ Women          Teams
         9am              Men       Bronze medal match
      11.30am             Men        Gold medal match

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MEN’S COMMONWEALTH TEAM
    NAME          NO   STATE       POSITION           AGE   GAMES    GOALS     COMM
                                                                               GAMES
Jamie Dwyer       1    QLD     Striker/ Midfielder   31     248     159      2002, 2006
Liam DeYoung      2    QLD     Defender              28     244     31       2002, 2006
Simon Orchard     3    NSW     Midfielder            24     65      20       ‐
Glenn Turner      4    ACT     Striker               26     44      32       ‐
Chris Ciriello    5    VIC     Defender              24     45      23       ‐
Rob Hammond       6    QLD     Midfielder            29     195     19       2006
Jason Wilson      7    QLD     Striker               23     30      14       ‐
Mark Knowles      9    QLD     Defender              26     163     10       2006
Eddie Ockenden    11   TAS     Midfielder            23     116     33       ‐
Luke Doerner      13   VIC     Defender              31     150     98       2006
Joel Carroll      15   NT      Defender              23     31      0        ‐
Matthew Swann     20   QLD     Defender              21     35      2        ‐
Nathan Burgers    22   QLD     Goalkeeper            31     58      0        ‐
Trent Mitton      25   WA      Striker               19     13      4        ‐
Fergus Kavanagh   31   WA      Midfielder            25     97      14       ‐
Des Abbott        32   NT      Striker               24     82      49       ‐

    TEAM STATS
    Average age                        25.5
    Average matches                    101
    Total number of matches            1616
    Most Matches                       Jamie Dwyer (248)
    Most Goals                          Jamie Dwyer (159)
    Oldest player                      Jamie Dwyer (31)
    Youngest player                    Trent Mitton (19)
    Players with 100+ caps             6
    Players with 200+ caps             2

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JAMIE DWYER                Dwyer is a three time WorldHockey Player of the
                           Year winner (2004, 2007, 2009). Many fans will
Playing Number: 1          recognise Dwyer as the player who hit the winning
DOB:12‐03‐1979             goal for Australia in the gold medal match of the
Hometown: Rockhampton,     2004 Athens Olympics. Dwyer's speed and skills
QLD                        cause problems for opposition defence around the
                           world. He has an ability to eliminate his immediate
                           opponent and create good penetration for the team.
                           He is a co‐captain alongside Mark Knowles and Liam
                           De Young.

LIAM De YOUNG              One of the quickest players in the team, De Young
                           most often plays across the half line but is also
Playing Number: 2          capable of playing deep in defence. De Young first
DOB: 10‐12‐1981            made his impression on the world stage at the 2001
Hometown: Bray Park, QLD   Champions Trophy and has been a regular in the
                           Australian side ever since, including the team’s
                           famous gold medal victory at the 2004 Athens
                           Olympics. He is a co‐captain alongside Jamie Dwyer
                           and Mark Knowles.

SIMON ORCHARD              Orchard is a late bloomer, having not made his first
                           state team until under 18s. However since then he
Playing number: 3          has progressed through the ranks at a solid pace. He
DOB: 09‐06‐1986            has since gone on to establish himself as an athletic
Hometown: Maitland, NSW    midfielder in the Kookaburras team.

GLENN TURNER               Turner has presented himself as a consistent goal
                           scorer since making his way into the national squad
Playing Number: 4          in 2009. Since making his debut, he has played in
DOB: 01‐05‐1984            every major tournament, including the 2010 World
Hometown: Canberra, ACT    Cup and 2009 and 2010 successful Champions
                           Trophy campaigns.

CHRIS CIRIELLO             After debuting in early 2008, Ciriello didn’t feature
                           again throughout the year, but was given another
Playing Number: 5          opportunity by new coach Ric Charlesworth in 2009.
DOB: 01‐10‐1985            He played well during the Kookaburras tour of
Hometown: Melbourne, VIC   Europe that year. Ciriello enjoys taking the flicks
                           from penalty corner attempts and is looking to
                           establish himself in the Kookaburras line up.

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ROBERT HAMMOND              Hammond made his Kookaburras debut against New
                            Zealand in 2001 and has tremendous creative flair
Playing number: 6           from the midfield. He represented Australia at the
DOB: 06‐05‐1981             Junior World Cup in Hobart in 2001 before making
Hometown: Townsville, QLD   his senior major tournament debut at the Champions
                            Trophy in 2002. Now having played almost 200
                            international matches, Hammond has successfully
                            made the transition from young up and comer to
                            experienced player. Hammond was part of the
                            Australian side who won gold at the 2004 Athens
                            Olympics and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics,
                            and was also a member of the teams 2010 World
                            Cup win.

JASON WILSON                After years in the development squad, Wilson has
                            burst onto the scene in recent time. Although he did
Playing Number: 7           not compete in the 2010 World Cup, he was
DOB: 02‐07‐1987             outstanding at the recent 2010 Champions Trophy
Hometown: Kingscliff, QLD   tournament, in which he was named young player of
                            the tournament. He creates yet another goal scoring
                            option and he will be looking for a good campaign at
                            the Commonwealth Games to further establish his
                            spot in the team.

MARK KNOWLES                Since making his debut in January 2004 at the Sultan
                            Azlan Shah Cup, Knowles has been a regular in the
Playing Number: 9           Kookaburras side and despite his young age he is
DOB: 10‐03‐1984             regarded as one of the key players in the side. He
Hometown: Rockhampton,      was the youngest member of the Kookaburras 2004
QLD                         Olympic team. He plays with a maturity and class
                            that stamps him as a future star. This was identified
                            in December 2007 when he was named
                            WorldHockey Young Player of the Year. He is a co‐
                            captain alongside Jamie Dwyer and Liam De Young.

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EDDIE OCKENDEN          Ockenden is the ‘young gun’ of the Kookaburras
                        team and despite his age, he has had no difficulty
Playing Number: 11      adjusting to international hockey since debuting in
DOB: 03/04/1987         2006. He was named best young player at the 2007
Hometown: Hobart, TAS   & 2008 Champions Trophy tournaments and is
                        capable of playing as a striker or in the midfield.
                        Speed is his key weapon and he proves to be a
                        difficult match up for opposition defenders. He
                        showed no signs of stage fright at the 2008 Beijing
                        Olympics, single handily dominating the Netherlands
                        in the Bronze Medal match to secure victory for the
                        Kookaburras. He was named 2008 World Young
                        Player of the Year.

LUKE DOERNER            Although Doerner didn’t make his international
                        debut until the age of 25, he is now one of the most
Playing Number: 13      established players in the Kookaburras side. He has
DOB: 23‐08‐1979         seen much success during his time on the national
Hometown: Altona, VIC   stage which has seen him win gold at the 2006
                        Commonwealth Games, bronze at the 2008 Beijing
                        Olympics, gold at the Champions Trophy in 2005,
                        2008, 2009 and 2010 and gold at the 2010 World
                        Cup.

JOEL CARROLL            The cousin of Kookaburras striker Des Abbott, Carroll
                        debuted in early 2009 during the Summer Series
Playing Number: 15      against the Netherlands in Perth. Since then he has
DOB: 11‐09‐1986         been in and out of the Kookaburras line up as he
Hometown: Darwin, NT    looks to establish himself as a key defender for the
                        future. He performed quite well at the recent 2010
                        Champions Trophy.

MATTHEW SWANN           Has been a key member of the Kookaburras defence
                        since debuting in late 2009. Despite only having
Playing Number: 20      played a handful of games, Swann was selected in
DOB: 16/05/1990         the 2009 Champions Trophy squad and has
Hometown: Mackay, QLD   maintained his position ever since. He is particularly
                        fast and capable of making many great tackles in
                        deep defence for the Kookaburras.

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NATHAN BURGERS              A member of the Kookaburras squad since
                            2007, Burgers is now looking to establish
Playing Number: 22          himself as the number one goalkeeper in the
DOB: 20‐03‐1979             team. He was the Kookaburras primary
Hometown: Townsville, QLD   goalkeeper at the 2010 World Cup and 2010
                            Champions Trophy and with fellow goalkeeper
                            George Bazeley not selected at the
                            Commonwealth Games, he will be doing the
                            majority of the work.

TRENT MITTON                The youngest member of the Kookaburras
                            team. Despite his age he comes with a lot of
Playing Number: 25          history as he is a third generation Kookaburra
DOB: 26‐11‐1990             with both his grandfather and father having
Hometown: Perth, WA         also played for the Kookaburras. Mitton will
                            provide even more firepower to the
                            Kookaburras goal scoring options.

FERGUS KAVANAGH             Kavanagh has risen through the ranks in recent years
                            and after debuting for the SmokeFree WA
Playing Number: 31          Thundersticks in 2005, played his first international
DOB: 21‐05‐1985             game at the 2007 Azlan Shah Cup. Since then he has
Hometown: Geraldton, WA     been a regular member of the Kookaburras defence
                            and has improved under coach Ric Charlesworth. He
                            was a key member to the Kookaburras 2009 & 2010
                            Champions Trophy and 2010 World Cup victories.

DES ABBOTT                  Abbott is an exciting, silky skilled midfielder/striker
                            who has a great ability to eliminate opponents with
Playing Number: 32          his ball control, while also opening up opportunities
DOB: 10‐01‐1986             for those around him. From the Northern Territory,
Hometown: Gray, NT          Abbott also has a great goal sense and is very
                            dangerous inside the circle. Abbott made his debut
                            in 2007 and has since gone on to become one of the
                            best strikers in the world today.

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RIC CHARLESWORTH   Charlesworth is regarded as one of the greatest
COACH              coaches in Australian sports history. He lead the
                   Hockeyroos from 1993‐2000 in which time they won
                   two World Cup and two Olympic gold medals
                   amongst various other Champions Trophy gold
                   medals. He has coached the Kookaburras since 2009
                   in which this remarkable record has increased, with
                   the Kookaburras having won every major title under
                   Charlesworth including the 2009 and 2010
                   Champions Trophy titles and the 2010 World Cup.

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WOMEN’S COMMONWEALTH TEAM
NAME            NO             STATE   POSITION            AGE GAMES   GOALS   COMM GAMES
Toni Cronk       1             NSW     Goalkeeper          30   82      0       2006
Casey Eastham    4             NSW     Midfielder          21   91      25      ‐
Alison Bruce     5             NSW     Midfielder          23   44      0       ‐
Megan Rivers     6             NSW     Striker             29   153    33       ‐
Ashleigh Nelson 8              WA      Striker             23   56      27      ‐
Anna Flanagan    9             ACT     Defender            18   13      0       ‐
Kate Hollywood 10              NSW     Midfielder          24   133     26      2006
Madonna Blyth    12            QLD     Midfielder          24   174     48      2006
Shelly Liddelow 13             WA      Striker             26   55      11      ‐
Nicole Arrold    14            ACT     Defender            28   209     41      2006
Fiona Johnson    16            NSW     Defender            27   91      5       ‐
Emily Hurtz      17            NSW     Striker             20   29      12      ‐
Jayde Taylor     21            WA      Defender            25   16      0       ‐
Kate Jenner      22            NSW     Defender            22   15      0       ‐
Fiona Boyce      24            WA      Defender            23   35      1       ‐
Rachael Lynch    27            VIC     Goalkeeper          24   46      0       ‐

      TEAM STATS (SQUAD OF 16 ONLY)
      Average age                           24.2
      Average games                         77.6
      Total number of caps                  1242
      Most capped                           Nicole Arrold (209)
      Oldest player                         Toni Cronk (30)
      Youngest player                       Anna Flanagan (18)
      Players with 100+ caps                4
      Players with 200+ caps                1

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TONI CRONK                Cronk made her international debut in the test series
                          against New Zealand in Melbourne in November
Playing Number: 1         2001 following her good performance at the Junior
DOB:27‐03‐1980            World Cup and has since gone on to be a regular in
Hometown: Padstow, NSW    the Hockeyroos line up. Cronk is one of only a
                          handful of players in the current squad to have
                          played at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth
                          Games.

CASEY EASTHAM             Despite being one of the youngest members of the
                          Hockeyroos, Eastham is also one of the most
Playing Number: 4         experienced. Her development has been sound since
DOB: 19‐03‐1989           making her national debut in 2006, now with almost
Hometown: Albion Park,    100 national matches to her name. At only 21 years
NSW                       of age she still has considerable development left but
                          looks an exciting prospect for many years to come
                          with coach Frank Murray stating she has the
                          potential to become one of the world's best players.
                          In 2009 she won the World Female Young Player of
                          the Year award.

ALISON BRUCE              One of several players to make her international
                          debut in 2009. She started strongly during the team's
Playing number: 5         Spar Cup tournament victory over Argentina and
DOB: 23‐09‐1987           South Africa, while she also performed well during
Hometown: Redhead, NSW    the team's Champions Trophy campaign in Sydney.
                          She has settled well into the team and has a big
                          future in front of her with the Hockeyroos.

MEGAN RIVERS              Rivers showed a lot of promise during the
                          Champions Trophy in Sydney in 2003 and was a
Playing number: 6         regular in the Hockeyroos line up in the following
DOB: 10‐10‐1981           years with her pace and high work rate giving the
Hometown: Lidcombe, NSW   Hockeyroos another dimension in attack. With
                          competition for places in the squad’s strike line
                          becoming more and more competitive, Rivers has
                          worked extremely hard to regain her spot in the line
                          up but has since gone on to establish herself as a key
                          part of the team.

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ASHLEIGH NELSON               Nelson made her debut for the Hockeyroos in 2007
                              as a scoring option during the team’s home series
Playing Number: 8             against Japan. She performed well and was selected
DOB: 05‐03‐1987               in the Hockeyroos national squad towards the end of
Hometown: Wagin, WA           2007. Nelson is an athletic striker which makes her a
                              difficult match up for opposition teams. Her game
                              really stepped up towards the end of 2009 and she
                              has emerged as the team's strongest scoring option.

ANNA FLANAGAN                 Flanagan was a late inclusion into the squad after
                              Kobie McGurk pulled out due to injury. An athletic
Playing Number: 9             defender, Flanagan has pace to burn and will be a
DOB: 08‐01‐1992               key player for the Hockeyroos in future years. She
Hometown: Canberra, ACT       has some penalty corner prowess, which could be
                              displayed at the Commonwealth Games.

KATE HOLLYWOOD           Hollywood has made an instant impact on the
                         Hockeyroos side since debuting in 2005. While her
Playing Number: 10       famous surname has helped her gain attention off
DOB: 25‐05‐1986          the field, she is a true professional on the pitch with
Hometown: Gymea Bay, NSW her determined efforts to apply pressure a key to her
                         game. Her vision and strong passing ability make her
                         an asset in the midfield. Kate was a member of the
                         2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal winning
                         team and has represented the Hockeyroos at
                         Champions Trophy Tournaments from 2005 to 2009
                         inclusive.

MADONNA BLYTH                 Blyth has quickly established herself as one of the
                              premier players in world hockey. Blyth's ball control
Playing number: 12            and composure under pressure reflect a maturity
DOB: 30‐11‐1985               beyond her years while her goal sense and
Hometown: Brisbane, QLD       distribution skills make her very dangerous when she
                              pushes forward. In a sign of how highly she is
                              regarded in the ground, coach Frank Murray
                              appointed her captain at the beginning of 2009.

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SHELLY LIDDELOW           Initially picked as an emergency at the 2008 Beijing
                          Olympics, Liddelow was given an opportunity when
Playing Number: 13        Fiona Johnson went down with a hamstring injury
DOB: 30‐06‐1984           before the tournament began. She repaid coach
Hometown: Bunbury, WA     Frank Murray immediately, being one of the best
                          players during the teams memorable comeback win
                          against Korea in round 1. After being in and out of
                          the squad, she is now looking to claim a regular spot
                          as the team’s number one striker.
NICOLE ARROLD             Having made her national debut in 2001 and then
                          proving her worth at the 2002 Champions Trophy,
Playing Number: 14        Arrold is now a vital member of the team’s defensive
DOB: 07‐11‐1981           unit. Having competed at the 2004 & 2008 Olympic
Hometown: Giralang, ACT   Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2002 and 2006
                          & 2010 World Cup's and various Champions Trophy
                          campaigns, Arrold brings a wealth of experience to
                          the squad.

FIONA JOHNSON             After debuting for the Hockeyroos in 2005 Johnson
                          has shown steady improvement as a defensive
Playing Number: 16        player. Johnson has been a regular in the Hockeyroos
DOB: 12‐04‐1983           team in recent years. She brings athleticism and
Hometown: Sydney, NSW     tackling pressure to the team and was the
                          heartbreak story of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after
                          being ruled out with a hamstring injury only days
                          before the Games.

EMILY HURTZ               Has made an instant impact since joining the
                          Hockeyroos in 2009. Despite her young age, she
Playing Number: 17        showed many good signs during the Hockeyroos
DOB: 02‐01‐1990           2009 Champions Trophy campaign. She was one of
Hometown: Camden, NSW     the key players for the Jillaroos during the 2009
                          Junior World Cup and will continue to develop as a
                          striker.

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JAYDE TAYLOR               Despite having only debuted three months ago,
                           Taylor has already established herself as a key
Playing Number: 21         defender for the Hockeyroos. Coming into the team
DOB: 03‐04‐1985            at the age of 25, Taylor will be asked to repeat her
Hometown: Perth, WA        great performance at the World Cup and pick up the
                           slack again in the absence of defenders Kobie
                           McGurk and Teneal Attard.

KATE JENNER                While only 20 years of age, Jenner will be a key
                           player for the Hockeyroos in the absence of
Playing Number: 22         fellow defenders Kobie McGurk and Teneal
DOB: 05‐05‐1990            Attard. Having only played 14 international
Hometown: Sydney, NSW      games, if she can play the same way she did at
                           the recent World Cup, she will be a big asset to
                           the Hockeyroos.

FIONA BOYCE                Came from nowhere to be selected in the 2009
                           Champions Trophy squad after defenders
Playing Number: 24         Kobie McGurk and Kim Walker pulled out due
DOB: 11‐06‐1987            to injury. She proved herself to be more than
Hometown: Perth, WA        handy, and looks to have a bright future with
                           the Hockeyroos.

RACHAEL LYNCH              Lynch made her Hockeyroos' debut at the 2006
                           Champions Trophy in Amsterdam after putting
Playing number: 27         in a strong performance in the 2006 AHL
DOB: 02‐07‐1986            season. Lynch was a member of the 2005
Hometown: Melbourne, VIC   Junior World Cup, 2007 and 2009 Champions
                           Trophy teams and was the Hockeyroos main
                           goalkeeper at the recent World Cup in
                           Argentina.

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FRANK MURRAY   Murray was formerly the Assistant National Coach
COACH          for the women's team (1996‐2000), the Australian
               Institute of Sport Head Coach (1994‐ 1996) and the
               National Men's Coach (1994‐ 1996, 1989‐ 1993).

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STATISTICS
AUSTRALIAN MEN’S HOCKEY RECORD AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
                    P       W       D       L      GF      GA     RESULT
1998 Kuala Lumpur   6       5       0       1      25       7       1st
2002 Manchester     5       5       0       0      37       6       1st
2006 Melbourne      6       6       0       0      29       5       1st
TOTAL               17      16      0       1      91      18
                          (94%)   (0%)    (6%)    5.35/   1.05/
                                                  match   match

AUSTRALIAN MEN’S HOCKEY COMMONWEALTH GAMES V 2010 COMMONWEALTH
GAMES COMPETITORS

COUNTRY             P       W       D       L      GF      GA     LAST     YEAR
Pakistan            1       1       0       0       3       0      3‐0      06
India               1       1       0       0       5       0      5‐2      98
Malaysia            2       2       0       0      10       0      6‐0      06
Scotland            1       1       0       0       5       1      5‐1      06
England             2       2       0       0       8       3      5‐1      06
New Zealand         4       4       0       0      18       5      5‐2      06
Canada              1       1       0       0       5       1      5‐1      06
South Africa        3       2       0       1       9       5      3‐1      02
Trinidad & Tobago   1       1       0       0       7       0      7‐0      98
TOTAL               16      15      0       1      70      15       ‐        ‐
                          (94%)   (0%)    (6%)    4.37/   0.93/
                                                  match   match

AUSTRALIAN MEN’S HOCKEY‐ ALL TIME RECORD v COMMONWEALTH GAMES
OPPOSITION

COUNTRY              P      W       D        L     GF      GA     LAST     YEAR
Pakistan            95      39      17      39     217     218     2‐0      10
India               86      58      14      14     257     146     5‐2      10
Malaysia            65      54      6       5      271     65      3‐1      09
Scotland             1      1       0       0       5       1      5‐1      06
England             56      41      10      5      158     68      4‐0      10
New Zealand         110     73      18      19     323     156     9‐0      10
Canada              22      20      1       1      93      21      6‐2      09
South Africa        25      21      2       2      109     30     12‐0      10
Trinidad & Tobago    1      1       0       0       7       0      6‐3      98
TOTAL               461    308      68      85    1440     705      ‐        ‐
                          (66%)   (15%)   (19%)   3.12/   1.52/
                                                  match   match

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES RESULTS ‐ MEN 1998‐2006
         Final           2006                  2002                     1998
        Placing        Melbourne             Manchester             Kuala Lumpur
         Gold           Australia             Australia               Australia
         Silver         Pakistan             New Zealand              Malaysia
        Bronze          Malaysia               Pakistan               England
           4            England              South Africa              England
           5          New Zealand              England        South Africa (unranked)
           6             India                 Canada         New Zealand (unranked)
           7           Scotland                 Wales            Wales (unranked)
                                                                 Trinidad & Tobago
           8           South Africa            Barbados              (unranked)
           9              Canada                                Canada (unranked)
          10        Trinidad & Tobago                           Pakistan (unranked)
                                                                 Kenya (unranked)

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY RECORD AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

                      P          W        D         L        GF         GA          RESULT
1998 Kuala Lumpur     7          7        0         0        56          4           Gold
2002 Manchester       5          4        0         1        30          6          Bronze
2006 Melbourne        6          6        0         0        32          3           Gold
TOTAL                 18         17       0         7        118        13
                               (94%)    (0%)      (6%)      6.55/      0.72/
                                                            match      match

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY COMMONWEALTH GAMES RECORD V 2010
COMPETITORS

COUNTRY                P            W    D          L        GF          GA         LAST      YEAR
South Africa           1            1    0          0        4            1             4‐1    02
India                  2            2    0          0        8            2             4‐2    06
Scotland               2            2    0          0        9            0             3‐0    02
Trinidad & Tobago      1            1    0          0        8            0             8‐0    98
England                3            2    0          1        12           3             3‐0    06
New Zealand            2            2    0          0        11           6             4‐3    02
Canada                 0            0    0          0        0            0              ‐     ‐
Malaysia               3            3    0          0        37           0             8‐0    06
Wales                  0            0    0          0        0            0              ‐     ‐
TOTAL                 14        13       0          1        89           12             ‐     ‐
                               (92%)    (0%)      (8%)      6.35/      0.85/
                                                            match      match

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AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY ALL‐TIME RECORD v COMMONWEALTH
OPPOSITION
COUNTRY                 P      W       D         L      GF       GA     LAST   YEAR
South Africa           47      29      6        12      112      59     1‐0     09
India                  22      17      3        2       72       23     6‐3     10
Scotland               22      15      3        4       65       28     2‐1     10
Trinidad & Tobago       1      1       0        0        8       0      8‐0     98
England                55      23      12       20      122      131    4‐0     09
New Zealand            93      76      4        13      265      93     4‐1     10
Canada                 36      29      5        2       115      35     9‐2     06
Malaysia                6      6       0        0       44       1      9‐0     10
Wales                   7      4       0        3       25       16     5‐1     83
TOTAL                 283     200      33       56      818      386     ‐      ‐
                              (70%)   (10%)    (20%)   2.92/    1.37/
                                                       match    match

COMMONWEALTH GAMES RESULTS 1998‐2006 ‐ WOMEN
   Final          2006             2002             1998
  Placing       Melbourne       Manchester      Kuala Lumpur
   Gold          Australia         India          Australia
   Silver         India           England          England
  Bronze         England         Australia      New Zealand
      4        New Zealand      New Zealand         India
      5                                         Rest of teams
                 Scotland       South Africa      unranked
    6           Malaysia          Scotland
    7          South Africa        Canada
    8             Canada         Malaysia
    9           Barbados
    10             Kenya

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