Al Annan (Caldas)

1973 –

Alyson Annan, a key member of the Australian gold medal hockey teams at the Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympic Games, was dubbed by fellow players as “the sharpest shooter in international women’s hockey”. In 1998 and 2000 she was honoured by the international hockey federation FIH with its International Player of the Year award, and players voted her in 1999 as the best women hockey player in the world. Born in Wentworthville, NSW, she earned 228 international caps and scored 166 goals while playing for the national hockey team.

Annan made her international debut against Korea in June 1991 at the age of 17, and built a huge reputation as an attacking mid-fielder during the Hockeyroos’ dynasty of the 1990s, participating in the Olympics of 1992, 1996 and 2000. She later confessed that she did not feel comfortable in the Australian side until 1996, when the team won gold. The visionary coach Ric Charlesworth recognised her genius, although their relationship was reported at times to be testy.

Annan also won gold medals in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Champions Trophy competition of 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999. It was at those 1998 Commonwealth Games that she became Australia’s highest-ever goal scorer, with 110 goals. At national level her awards included Australian Player of the Year (1990 and 1992) and Player of the Year and Australian Sportswoman of the Year (1996). She retired from international hockey after the 2000 Olympics, and later coached in the Netherlands.

Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

Olympic Results

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 10 - AUS V GBR HT: 1-0, Goals: Hudson 18', Powell 51' GBR 2-1 Win
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 20 - AUS V ESP HT: 1-1, Goals: Annan 7' ESP 1-1 Draw
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 28 - AUS V ARG HT: 2-0, Goals: Morris 25', Starre 33', Mitchell-Taverner 63' ARG 3-1 Win
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 36 - AUS V KOR HT: 2-0, Goals: Powell 8', Peek 22', Hudson 70+ KOR 3-0 Win
Medal Pool - Match 45 - AUS V NZL HT: 0-0, Goals: Hudson 50', 52', Powell 62' NZL 3-0 Win
Medal Pool - Match 52 - AUS V NED HT: 1-0, Goals: Annan 35+, 65', Hawkes 37', Powell 40', Morris 70' NED 5-0 Win
Medal Pool - Match 63 - AUS V CHN HT: 3-0, Goals: Hudson 2', 28', Towers 9', Morris 42', Mitchell-Taverner 48' CHN 5-1 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 2-0, Goals: Annan 10', Haslam 26', Morris 38', Mitchell-Taverner 44' ARG 3-1 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 12

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries - Match 02 - AUS V ESP HT: 1-0, Goals: Andrews 32', Powell 54', Hawkes 65', Annan 69' ESP 4-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 07 - AUS V ARG HT: 3-0, Goals: Farrell 9', Powell K 25', Annan 34' 49' 50', Roche 61', Powell L 63' ARG 7-1 Win
Preliminaries - Match 09 - AUS V GER HT: 1-0, Goals: Roche 25' GER 1-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 15 - AUS V KOR HT: 2-0, Goals: Annan 32', Morris 35', Powell K 70' KOR 3-3 Draw
Preliminaries - Match 18 - AUS V GBR HT: 1-0, Goals: Andrews 29' GBR 1-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 22 - AUS V USA HT: 4-0, Goals: Morris 3', Powell K 9', Powell L 17', Starre 24' USA 4-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 28 - AUS V NED HT: 0-0, Goals: Morris 45', Roche 60', Andrews 63', Annan 68' NED 4-0 Win
Final HT: 1-1, Goals: Annan 17', Annan 44', Powell K 63' KOR 3-1 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 8

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Group A - AUS V CAN HT: 0-0, Goals: Tooth, Haslam CAN 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Group A - AUS V GER HT: 0-0 GER 0-1 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - ESP V AUS HT: 1-0 ESP 1-0 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 3-0, Goals: Hager, Pereira 3, Hawkes NZL 5-1 Win
Classification 5-6 HT: 0-0, Goals: Annan, Powell L NED 2-0 Win
Final Placing 5 / 8