A squad of 15 athletes was selected to the Australian men’s indoor squad in August 2013. The squad is to undertake its European tour from 7-19 January 2014.
A blend of experience and younger developing players has been chosen to undertake a campaign involving two high quality training camps. The first camp will be held in conjunction with the Polish national team, who are ranked in the world’s top two sides, and the second will be with the Austrian national team. Both these teams will be preparing for the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championships, which the Australian team will stay on to watch as part of its development. Of particular interest will be the way in which the indoor format changes as the result of modifications to the rules governing the number of players per team, with sides now comprising five players instead of six.
The squad will leave for Europe the day after the finals of the National Indoor Championships to be held in Wollongong.
Team Manager Brent Deans said that Head Coach Anthony Potter has “taken the decision to tour with a large squad so that the players can be exposed to both the European style and the new format of five players. It is felt that the game will be played at a higher tempo, with players needing to be able to play in a number of positions.”
This tour is a key milestone in the squad’s preparation for the 2015 FIH Indoor World Cup to be held in Germany.
Australian Men's Indoor Hockey Squad for 2014 European Tour
(Alphabetical by surname)
Garry Backhus (ACT)
Malcolm Beer (ACT)
Nigel Croke (NSW)
Chris Hotchkis (ACT)
Matthew Hotchkis (ACT)
Paul MacKinnon (ACT)
Adam McLelland (QLD)
Heath Ogilvie (NSW)
Kurt Ogilvie (NSW)
David Orr (WA)
Darren Parkes (WA)
Ben Poulton (NSW)
Ben Rennie (WA)
David Spence (NSW)
Andrew Tomadini (ACT)
Coaching & management team
Anthony Potter - Head Coach / Trainer
John Hooper - Assistant Coach / Trainer
Brent Deans – Manager / Asst. Trainer