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In addition to the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras competing on the pitch, Australia will also have significant representation among the hockey officialdom at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Congratulations to umpires Aleisha Neumann and Steve Rogers were have been named as two of the five Australian Officials appointed to officiate at the 2024 Olympics in Paris by FIH.

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Highlights include: 

-    10 pool games across 8 days before Finals commence on August 4
-    Hockeyroos vs. Great Britain, July 30, 1.00am – 2022 Birmingham Comm Games gold medal re-match
-    Kookaburras vs. Belgium, July 31, 4.45am - Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal re-match
-    Hockeyroos vs. Argentina, August 2, 5.15am – World No. 4 v World No. 2
-    Kookaburras vs. New Zealand, August 1, 7.30pm – A classic Trans-Tasman clash acts as a double-header to the Hockeyroos v Argentina on Aug 1

(All times in AEST)

Tokyo silver medallists the Kookaburras kick off Australia’s campaign at Yves-du-Manoir Stadium on Saturday night on July 27 against Argentina before taking on Ireland two days later.

Today, Hockey Queensland (HQ) thrives with more than 16,000 members and 24 local associations extending across the vast expanse of the state. Notably, hockey is a family-friendly sport with a 51% female membership statewide, welcoming participants of all ages from 5 to 85.

In the realm of global competition, hockey stands out as Australia's most triumphant Olympic team sport, boasting an impressive tally of four Gold Medals, four Silver and five Bronze. During the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, it's often remarked that Australians from all walks of life unite as fervent hockey enthusiasts, rallying behind our formidable Hockeyroos (Women) and Kookaburras (Men) as they vie for supremacy against the world's elite.

Queensland, consistently exceeding expectations, has made a significant contribution to our Olympic Teams, with its athletes comprising a remarkable 24% of the total. This equates to an impressive 62 members of the Queensland Hockey community proudly donning the iconic Green and Gold attire on the Olympic stage.

The future for hockey in Queensland remains bright, with Queensland winning back-to-back Under 15 Boys and Under 15 Girls National Championships, in 2022 and 2023.

Many factors go into producing future Hockeyroos and Kookaburras; athletic ability, dedicated parents, great coaching, dedication and commitment – just to name a few.

 

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Men (The Kookaburras) 

Australia’s record in Olympic hockey is exceptional. The first Australian men’s team, the Kookaburras competed at Melbourne 1956 and since then they have finished no lower than sixth. 

They won bronze medals at Tokyo 1964, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, silver medals at Mexico City 1968, Montreal 1976 and Barcelona 1992 and finally the gold medal at Athens in 2004.

The Australian men stood on the podium at six consecutive Olympics. Whilst they unfortunately did not make the podium at Rio 2016, the team continued the top-six tradition, finishing in sixth position after the quarter-finals.

At Tokyo 2020 the Kookaburras returned to the podium, claiming the silver medal, their 10th medal from 16 appearances. Ten medals is the second highest by any nation at the Olympics in men's hockey. At full-time in the Tokyo final, Australia and Belgium were locked at 1-1, sending the game to a shootout to decide the gold medal, with Belgium winning 3-2.

Women (The Hockeyroos)

Women’s hockey was first played at Moscow 1980, but Australia did not compete until Los Angeles 1984.

Following the tracks of the Kookaburras, the Hockeyroos won the Olympic title at Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.

Rechelle Hawkes was a member of each of these gold medal winning teams and read the Athletes’ Oath in the Opening Ceremony in Sydney.

As a member of the team in Atlanta, Nova Peris became the first Indigenous athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

Since 2000 the Hockeyroos have recorded consistent results with fifth at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The consistent results continued at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 with the women finishing sixth.

Olympic History

Men’s hockey was first played at the Olympics in London 1908, then at Antwerp 1920, and then again at Amsterdam 1928 after which it became a permanent fixture.

Between them, India with seven wins and Pakistan with two wins won every Olympic title from 1928 through to Mexico City 1968.

From Amsterdam 1928, until defeated by Pakistan in Rome in 1960, India won 30 straight games and scored almost 200 goals in the process. In the last 32 years, Western European teams, along with Australia, have become the powerhouses in the sport.

 

Sport Format

There are 11 players allowed on a hockey field, including the goalkeeper.

Olympic rosters are limited to 16 players but substitutions can be made throughout the game. The format previously involved two 35-minute halves however the format was changed to 15 minute quarters prior to Rio 2016, with a 2 minute break after the first and third periods, but teams are not allowed to leave the field of play.

If scores are level at the end of a final or play-off, matches go into extra time. Two, seven-and-a-half minute "sudden death" periods are played, with the first goal ending the match. If a result is still not reached each team selects five players for a penalty stroke shoot-out.

At the Olympic Games there are 12 teams in the men’s and women’s competition. Teams are split into two pools of six for the preliminary rounds. The top four teams in each pool proceed to the quarter-finals, with the remaining four teams eliminated at this stage.

The winners of the quarter-finals progress to the semi-finals, the winners of which meet in the gold medal match. The losers of the semi-finals will play for the bronze medal.

 

Historic success:

Kookaburras 
-    All but unbeaten in 2024, winning 7 of 8 matches at the FIH Pro League in India.
-    2023 Oceania Cup champions
-    2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games - gold
-    2020 Tokyo Olympics - silver 
-    Olympic gold medals – 2004
-    Olympic silver medals – 1968, 1976, 1992, 2020
-    Olympic bronze medals – 1964, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012
-    World Cup gold medals – 1986, 2010, 2014
-    Commonwealth Games gold medals – 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022


Hockeyroos
-    2023 Oceania Cup champions
-    2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games – silver
-    2022 FIH Pro League World Cup – bronze
-    Olympic gold medals – 1988, 1996, 2000
-    World Cup gold medals – 1994, 1998
-    Commonwealth Games gold medals – 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014