Dwyer returns for Kookaburras at Oceania Cup

Four-time world hockey player of the year and Olympic gold medallist Jamie Dwyer is set to make his return to hockey in the 2011 Oceania Cup Olympic Qualifier in Hobart from October 5-9.

Fiji’s men and women’s sides have withdrawn from the tournament for financial reasons leaving Australia and New Zealand as automatic qualifiers for London 2012 in both men’s and women’s hockey.

The tournament has now been re-jigged as a best of three series.

Dwyer injured his knee playing for his club team Bloomendaal in Holland in April which required surgery and saw him sidelined for over three months.

After returning to full training, Dwyer’s recovery has gone extremely well to the point where he has been selected in the Oceania Cup squad. 

The Kookaburras will also regain the services of veterans Mark Knowles and Rob Hammond who are also returning from injury. Knowles suffered a stress fracture in June while Hammond missed the Kookaburras tour of Europe due to a hamstring injury.

A 19 player Kookaburra squad has been selected and will be reduced to 18 prior to the tournament. 

Following the Oceania Cup the Kookaburras will compete in a newly created tournament called the Lanco International Super Series in Perth from October 20-23. The tournament has all new rules to make the game faster and more exciting than ever before. Further information can be found at this link:

Kookaburras Oceania Cup Squad
Nathan Burgers (QLD), Andrew Charter (ACT), Kiel Brown (WA), Fergus Kavanagh (WA), Matthew Swann (QLD), Brett Dancer (WA), Matthew Butturini (NSW), Chris Ciriello (VIC), Liam De Young (QLD), Mark Knowles (QLD), Eddie Ockenden (TAS), Simon Orchard (NSW), Jamie Dwyer (QLD), Rob Hammond (QLD), Mark Paterson (NSW),Glenn Simpson (VIC), Glenn Turner (ACT), Jason Wilson (QLD), Russell Ford (VIC), Kieran Govers (NSW)

Oceania Cup schedule

Thursday October 6, 2011
5.30pm  Men       New Zealand v Australia
7.30pm  Women  Australia v New Zealand

Saturday October  8, 2011
1.00pm Women New Zealand v Australia
3.00pm Men      Australia v New Zealand

Sunday October 9, 2011
1.00pm Women Australia v New Zealand
3.30pm Men      New Zealand v Australia