Bhubaneswar, 30 November 2014: As the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014 closes in, the World Champions – Australian Men Hockey Team arrived today at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, with players all looking self-assured and poised for the upcoming tourney.
Basking in the confidence of FIH ranking # 1 and 13 Champion’s Trophy golds, the Defending Champions Kookaburras looked upbeat on their arrival, prior to the onset of the tournament. Led by the very skilled Eddie Ockenden, the Australian Men’s Hockey Team will be aiming at performing their best and continuing their winning spree to retain their title in the impending Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014.
Speaking on the arrival, Head Coach Graham Reid said, “We will be playing as we do. As you know there are some rule changes with four quarters now and that’s the game changer in the tournament. With the new rule, we are working on a few things. We won the FIH Champions Trophy in 2012, but this time we have younger inexperienced team. But at the same time with this team we are confident of doing well.”
Commenting on the upcoming games, Captain Eddie Ockenden said, “It’s good to be here again. I have been here in the city for the Hero Hockey India League before. Our aim is to do well and hope we will have a good tournament. All the opponents will give us a tough fight but we are ready for the challenge. When India toured Australia recently, they beat us three times. We have learned from our mistakes and will try not to repeat our mistakes.
Placed in Pool A with Belgium, England and Pakistan, the Australian Men’s Hockey Team will be playing their first match against England on 6 December 2014 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.