Friday 7 December 2018 | World Cup reigning champions Australia have completed a perfect pool stage with a ruthless 11-0 thrashing of China PR in their final World Cup group game in Bhubaneswar on Friday night. Continue reading KOOKABURRAS SMASH CHINA BUT NARROWLY MISS WORLD CUP RECORD
The Kookaburras have commenced their World Cup defence with a hard-fought 2-1 win over world number 10 Ireland in Bhubaneswar, India, on Friday night.
Tim Brand scored the decisive goal in the 34th minute after a inch-perfect pass from Corey Weyer on a fast break to get the world number one Australians off to a winning start as they chase a third straight world title. Continue reading KOOKABURRAS CLAIM HARD-FOUGHT FIRST-UP WORLD CUP WIN
Monday 19 November 2018 | Hockey Australia today congratulates Kookaburras forward Kieran Govers who has announced his retirement from international hockey effective immediately. Continue reading HA CONGRATULATES KIERAN GOVERS FOLLOWING KOOKABURRAS RETIREMENT
Friday 2 November 2018 | Hockey Australia today announces the 18-member Kookaburras team which will compete at the upcoming 2018 FIH Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. Continue reading KOOKABURRAS TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD CUP DEFENCE
Saturday 22 September 2018 | The world number one Kookaburras have lost the final of the Darwin International Hockey Open (DIHO) to second-ranked Argentina in an entertaining 2-1 defeat on Saturday night. Continue reading KOOKABURRAS GROUNDED BY ARGENTINA IN DARWIN DECIDER
Sunday 17 June 2018 | Standout performances from Trent Mitton and second-gamer Tim Brand have helped the Kookaburras secure a 2-2 draw with Germany on Monday morning. The side, undefeated in their Test Series, now head into this week’s Champions Trophy with some strong momentum. Continue reading KOOKABURRAS CLAIM SERIES AHEAD OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Saturday 9 June 2018 | Hockey Australia today confirms Eddie Ockenden and Aran Zalewski have been appointed as Kookaburras’ co-captions for the upcoming 2018 Champions Trophy in Breda, the Netherlands. Continue reading OCKENDEN & ZALEWSKI APPOINTED INTERIM KOOKABURRAS CO-CAPTAINS
Tasmanian star Eddie Ockenden has been appointed co-captain of the Kookaburras men’s hockey side, alongside Western Australian midfielder Aran Zalewski. Continue reading Kookaburras captain: Lock in Eddie
Friday 25 May 2018 | Hockey Australia today confirms Kieran Govers and Joshua Simmonds have been added to the National Senior Men’s Squad. Continue reading KIERAN GOVERS & SIMMONDS ADDED TO NATIONAL SENIOR MEN’S SQUAD
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.