Danni Roche

1970 -

Danielle ‘Dani’ Roche won a gold medal as a member of the Australian women’s hockey team in 1996. The Hockeyroos performed brilliantly in Atlanta, winning the gold medal for the second time following their success in 1988. The team remained undefeated on the way to the gold medal. They recorded seven wins and a draw, a 3-3 tie with South Korea in the preliminary round, from eight matches. The final was a re-match with the Koreans, with the Aussies dominating their arch-rivals to win 3-1. Twelve years later, Roche played a role in another Olympic medal success for Australia. After the Aussie women’s water polo team suffered a heart-breaking semi-final loss to the United States in Beijing, Roche was invited by coach Greg McFadden to address the team. She delivered an inspiring speech, helping the team rebound to win their thrilling bronze medal final against Hungary.

Olympic Results

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

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