West Australian defender Bevan George won two medals for Australia in men’s hockey: gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008. With its Athens win, the Kookaburras finally ended Australia’s men’s hockey hoodoo at the Olympics. Since first competing in men’s hockey at the Games in 1956, Australia had won three silver medals, three bronze medals and been placed fourth twice. But the team’s fortunes turned golden in Athens. The Kookaburras beat Spain 6-3 to reach the final, where it faced two-time defending champion, the Netherlands. With scores tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, a goal by Jamie Dwyer in the eighth minute of extra time secured the famous victory. In Beijing, Australia won the bronze medal final 6-2 against the Netherlands.