- The 1939 Australian women’s team was already on board ship in Adelaide bound for the 4th IFWHA Tournament (later to become the World Cup) in Bournemouth, UK, before learning that the tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II.
- In Ahmedabad in 1962, Julian Pearce, who normally played at half back, took Don Smart’s place on the left wing and scored four goals. As he came off the field he offered to give Don any tips he might like on how to play left-wing.
- The Australian Women’s Team, playing in Ceylon on the way to the 1959 7th IFWHA Tournament, played in ‘bloomers’ rather than their heavier uniform skirts due to the heat, reasoning that it was “OK if they all looked the same!”
Explaining the origins of the project, Richard Aggiss, the 215th athlete to represent the Kookaburras, said, “When I began working in television as an expert commentator I found that the specific information I needed for commentary was not available, or was on another website, so I set about remedying the situation.”
John Sanders continued, “I was at the club bar when Richard mentioned his intention to compile a history of Australian hockey and suggested I join him. The more I engaged in the project the more determined I was to help complete a record of our international hockey representatives and their achievements.”
As Hockey Australia Chief Executive Mark Anderson explains the Hockey Australia History Project will greatly strengthen what is already a proud history for the sport in Australia. “What Richard and John have led with a large group of contributors is tremendous and should be commended,” he said. “Their dedication and attention to detail has been critical to the success of the project and on behalf of everyone involved in hockey in Australia I want to thank them. The records provide a fascinating insight into the wonderful history of our teams.
“In creating our future it is always important to remember the past and understand our position within the sport. As such, this project will have great relevance for our current players. I know that our current Hockeyroos and Kookaburras and future debutants will greatly appreciate knowing where they stand across our sport’s long and proud history and will be proud recipients of their individual player number when we get to this point in the very near future.”
Ric Charlesworth, Kookaburras coach and the 225th man to represent the team, said: “The History Project is an important initiative as it cements the records of our game since its inception. Past and present players will find it of interest and the records of the past, which have always been the goals of the present players, will be underlined and followed enthusiastically.”
There are still several pieces of the jigsaw to slot into place with the authors of the project looking for further information about a number of players, such as their first and given names. Why not take a look through the fascinating records and if you think you can help please contact Richard and John directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Hockey Australia History Project Data
1. History Project Data Information (PDF)
2. Hockeyroos Match Record (Excel)
3. Hockeyroos Player Numbers (Excel)
4. Hockeyroos Players by Team (Excel)
5. Women's Blue Riband Players by Year (Excel)
6. Kookaburras Match Record (Excel)
7. Kookaburras Player Numbers (Excel)
8. Kookaburras Players by Team (Excel)