Meet Our Top 10 Hockey Australia Players
The Australian national hockey teams, the Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras, include some of the best athletes in the world! Both teams deliver stunning performances whenever they represent our country.
Whilst it was extremely difficult to choose our top 10 Hockey Australia players, here are the ones that make our list!
Jocelyn Bartram made her international debut as the Hockeyroos Goalkeeper in March 2016, when she played in a test match against China. Growing up in Albury-Wodonga, Bartram was a very active child. She played hockey, soccer, water polo, tennis and basketball. She also spent two years on the Under-21’s field Hockey team. Bartram secured her position within the Hockeyroos set-up in 2017, earning 22 caps. The 2017 Oceania Cup triumph has been her career highlight so far.
Blake Govers made his debut for the Kookaburras in May 2015. This secured his spot in the Olympic Training Squad, making Australia’s final team for Rio. Govers took home the “Best Young Player” and “Top Scorer” awards after his first international season. His career highlights include winning the 2016 Champion’s Trophy, 2017 Oceania Cup, 2017 International Festival of Hockey, and the 2017 World League Final.
Kalindi Commerford scored her Australian debut in late 2016, playing against New Zealand in the Trans Trophy in Auckland. She quickly backed this up with more games in the International Festival of Hockey. After impressing in the Spain Test Series in January 2018, Commerford secured a spot in the National Senior Women’s Squad for the rest of the year.
Aaron Kleinschmidt made his debut for the Kookaburras at the Trans-Tasman Trophy in Auckland. This lead to his selection for the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne. He was then selected for the 2017 National Squad.
Rachael Lynch has been playing hockey since a very early age, representing Victoria in Primary School. She also competed in the 2005 Junior World Cup in Chile, prior to making her international senior debut at the Champion’s Trophy in the Netherlands. Lynch has played over 150 games for Australia, with some of the highlights being the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the World Cup.
Mark Knowles has competed at four Olympic games, winning gold and two bronze medals. He has also claimed four Champion Trophy golds, three Commonwealth Game golds, two World Cup golds, and two World League golds. Knowles also had a number of awards to his name, including Kookaburras Player of the World Cup, and Kookaburras Player of the Year.
Madi Ratcliffe started playing for the National Senior Squad in 2017, after training in the National Development Squad. Ratcliffe was part of the team that took home gold at the 2017 Oceania Cup, finished third at the International Hockey Festival, and fifth in the World League Semi-Final.
Jake Whetton started playing hockey at the age of four. Whetton was part of the team that won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Some of Whetton’s tournament highlights include winning the 2012 Champion’s Trophy, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Oceania Cup, 2014 World Cup, 2015 and 2017 World League Final, and the 2016 and 2017 International Festival of Hockey.
Mariah Williams has been playing hockey since the age of four. She made her debut for the Hockeyroos in 2013 and received her first international cap at the age of just 17, during a test series against Korea. William’s tournament history highlights include winning the Oceania Cup in 2015, and participating in the World League Semi-Final, World League Final, Champions Trophy, and Olympic Games.
Dylan Wotherspoon made his debut for the Hockeyroos in late 2014. Wotherspoon went on to secure his spot in the National Senior Squad in 2015. From here, he got selected to be part of the Olympic Training Squad in 2016. Unfortunately, due to injury, Wotherspoon didn’t make the Olympic Games. Some of Wotherspoon’s tournament history highlights include winning the 2015 World League Final, the 2016 International Festival of Hockey, the 2017 Oceania Cup, and the 2017 World League Final.
Kristina Bates, Daniel Beale, Edwina Bone, Andrew Charter, Lily Brazel, Tom Craig and Savannah Fitzpatrick are some of the other outstanding athletes proudly representing Australia, just to mention a few!
Who is in your top 10? Let us know in the comments section below.