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Every Match, Every Player on Record

Every Match, Every Player on Record

Hockey Australia History Project offers fans complete record of national teams and players

Author: Josh Givoni/Thursday, 11 April 2013/Categories: Hockey Australia News

For the first time in the history of Australian hockey, participants, the media and hockey fans can explore every international match ever played by the country’s iconic Hockeyroos and Kookaburras and track the international careers of their hockey heroes. 

The ground breaking Hockey Australia History Project is the result of more than five years’ painstaking work by former Australian coach Richard Aggiss and historian John Sanders, who are now looking for feedback from the hockey community. 

Since 2008, with the support of individuals and institutions from across the country and beyond, the pair has put on record the result of every official match ever played by the Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras and the names of every athlete to have had the privilege of pulling on the green and gold of Australia.

Now, ahead of the Hockeyroos’ and Kookburras’ test series against Korea beginning later this month, the records are available to view on the Hockey Australia website. 

Since 1914, 462 women have been selected to represent the Hockeyroos in 985 tests with the current crop of talented stars likely to play in the 1000th Hockeyroos match later this year. The Hockeyroos’ record stands at 643 victories, 149 draws and 193 defeats. In the process they have scored 2645 goals and conceded 1172.

Since 1922, 397 Kookaburras have played 1153 matches, winning 761, drawing 181 and losing 211. In the process they have scored 3707 goals and conceded only 1731. 

During the research some fascinating and entertaining stories have emerged.

  • 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 r.aggiss@bigpond.com and john.sanders1@optusnet.com.au.


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)

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