Monday 21 May 2018 | The Hockeyroos have moved three points clear at the top of the Tri Nations table after recording their second straight 4-1 win in Cromwell, New Zealand, this time over Japan on Monday. Continue reading Hockeyroos pull clear with 2nd win
Friday 4 May 2018 | Hockey Australia today announces the Hockeyroos 18-member team for this month’s Tri Nations series against New Zealand and Japan in Cromwell, New Zealand. Continue reading HOCKEYROOS TEAM CONFIRMED FOR TRI NATIONS SERIES
Hockey Australia congratulates retiring Kookaburras captain and three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Knowles after he was named as the Australian Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Continue reading HOCKEY AUSTRALIA CONGRATULATES MARK KNOWLES ON FLAG BEARER HONOUR
Kookaburras defender Matthew Dawson admits his vision is still blurry after a freak training ground incident where he feared he may have lost his sight.
The 23-year-old from Killarney Vale in New South Wales was on the wrong end of a hockey stick to his eye when a teammate attempted to shoot at goal.
Dawson initially feared the worst, but has recovered adequately to be selected in the Kookaburras’ 2018 Commonwealth Games team.
“It was just at training. Normal drill, player missed a shot and I was in a bad position and unfortunately copped a stick straight to the eye,” he recalled.
“The past few weeks have been pretty tough for me.
“I have seen the footage. I’ve not heard it but apparently the screams were pretty loud. Obviously it was pretty painful.
“I was pretty lucky not to burst an eyeball. Looking on the bright side, I can still see, I’ve still got my vision.”
Dawson was forced to withdraw from the Azlan Shah Cup which Australia, putting at risk his spot in the side for Gold Coast.
“I didn’t really now where I stood within the group looking forward,” he said.
“I knew I didn’t have a great deal of time before a home Commonwealth Games which, apart from the World Cup at the end of the year, this is the main goal for me.
Dawson has been given the all-clear by doctors, having returned to training last week, although he still needs to pass a hockey test from medical staff.
He will need to wear protective glasses should he play in the Commonwealth Games, where he’s likely to reach 100 caps for Australia, currently sitting on 98.
“I’ve been training and everything is looking positive,” he said.
“My vision is a little bit blurry but I can see, so that’s positive.
“The eye has opened up a fair bit over the last week. We’ve still got two weeks before our first match, so that’s a positive for me.”
The Kookaburras, who are in Pool A alongside New Zealand (ninth), Canada (11th), South Africa (15th) and Scotland (23rd), will head to the Gold Coast on Wednesday 28 March.
Friday 16 March 2018 | The Hockeyroos’ and Kookaburras’ 18-member teams aiming for gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have today been announced. Continue reading HOCKEYROOS & KOOKABURRAS COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAMS NAMED
Saturday 10 March 2018 | The Kookaburras have won the 2018 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with youngster Lachlan Sharp netting a last quarter goal to secure a 2-1 win over England in Saturday night’s final in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Friday 9 March 2018 | The Kookaburras will head for Saturday night’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final with a perfect record after two late goals clinched a 3-1 win over 2016 Olympic champions Argentina in Ipoh, Malaysia on Friday.
Thursday 8 March 2018 | Kookaburras coach Colin Batch insists the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is “still very open” despite Australia securing their spot in the final with a game to play.
Tuesday 6 March 2018 | The Kookaburras have maintained their perfect record and remain top of the standings at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after a 4-2 victory over India in Ipoh, Malaysia on Tuesday night. Continue reading KOOKABURRAS REMAIN PERFECT AT AZLAN SHAH CUP
Sunday 4 March 2018 | The Kookaburras are top of the table after two games at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after claiming a 3-1 win over hosts Malaysia in Ipoh on Sunday evening.