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Kookaburras head coach Ric Charlesworth has selected a 30 man squad for 2013, including 15 out of the 16 Olympic bronze medalists from London.

“We have selected a squad that we believe are capable of playing in the World Cup in 2014 and can manage the heavy workload in 2014 which includes the Champions Trophy, World Cup and Commonwealth Games” Charlesworth said.

Leading the Kookaburras squad in 2013 are three time Olympic medalists’ Jamie Dwyer, Liam de Young and Mark Knowles. Dwyer and Knowles are coming off the back of a superb 2012 Champions Trophy campaign where they were instrumental in claiming a history making fifth gold medal in a row.

Western Australian’s Tristan Clemons and Tyler Lovell have been promoted from the development squad to replace retired 2012 Olympic bronze medal goalkeeper Nathan Burgers.

Joining Clemons and Lovell are WA locals Trent Mitton and Aran Zalewski who have been given the opportunity to prove themselves to the Kookaburras coaching panel. Mitton, a 2012 Champions Trophy gold medalist, showed he has the skill and determination to play on the world stage.

Young guns Tristan White, Jacob Whetton and Josh Miller debut in the National Squad after being promoted from the development squad. White and Whetton showed promise and poise during the recent Champions Trophy where White played a critical role in the final play of the gold medal match which secured the Kookaburras a fifth successive gold medal.

Three injured Kookaburras, Graeme Begbie, Des Abbott and Glenn Turner have been included in the squad and are ready to prove that they are fit for World League 3 commencing in June.

National Senior Squad 
George BAZELEY   VIC                   
Kiel BROWN    WA                         
Matthew BUTTURINI NSW               
Joel CARROLL   NT                        
Andrew CHARTER   ACT                 
Chris CIRIELLO   VIC                     
Tristan CLEMONS   WA                  
Tim DEAVIN   TAS                         
Liam DE YOUNG   QLD                    
Jamie DWYER   QLD                      
Russell FORD   VIC                        
Matt GOHDES   QLD                      
Kieran GOVERS   NSW
Rob HAMMOND   QLD
Fergus KAVANAGH   WA
Mark KNOWLES   QLD
Tyler LOVELL   WA
Josh MILLER   NSW
Trent MITTON   WA
Eddie OCKENDEN   TAS
Simon ORCHARD   NSW
Glenn SIMPSON   VIC
Matthew SWANN   QLD
Jacob WHETTON   QLD
Tristan WHITE   NSW
Jason WILSON   QLD
Aran ZALEWSKI   WA
Des ABBOTT   NT
Graeme BEGBIE    WA
Glenn TURNER   ACT

National Development Squad
Tim BATES   QLD
Chris BAUSOR   WA
Daniel BEALE   QLD
Nick BUDGEON   TAS
Craig BOYNE   WA
Jeremy EDWARDS   TAS
Nathan MCGUIRE   WA
Daniel MIRECKI   VIC
Leon HAYWARD   NT
Andrew PHILPOTT   VIC
Tom WICKHAM   SA
Matthew WILLIS   NSW

Hockey Australia media release