(Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)
4 time FIH World Player of the Year and Olympic Gold medallist Jamie Dwyer is set to play his first match for the Kookaburras for 2011 and his first since suffering a knee injury earlier in the year when the Kookaburras compete in the 2011 Oceania Cup – Olympic Qualifier in Hobart from October 5-9.
Dwyer injured his knee playing for Dutch club HC Bloemendaal 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.
The Kookaburras will take on New Zealand and Fiji at the Oceania Cup-Olympic Qualifier and must finish in the top two of the tournament to receive automatic qualification to the 2012 London Olympics.
A 19 player 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:http://www.hockey.org.au/index.php?id=481 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)