Des Abbott

1986 -

Desmond ‘Des’ Abbott won a bronze medal for Australia in men’s hockey in 2008. From the Northern Territory, the indigenous striker enjoyed an outstanding Olympic tournament. He tied with Eddie Ockenden for the team’s leading scorer with six goals – a tally bettered by only two other players in the tournament. Abbott’s haul included a hat-trick in the Kookaburras’ first game against Canada. In the semi-final, he scored in the first minute as Australia lost to Spain 3-2. Abbott scored again in the bronze medal final as the Kookaburras defeated the Netherlands 6-2.

Olympic Results

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS v CAN HT: 3-0, Goals: Abbott 15', 16', Kavanagh 22', Ockenden 48', Abbott 54', Schubert 57' CAN 6-1 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - RSA v AUS HT: 0-5, Goals: Dwyer 2', Matheson 14', Schubert 27', Matheson 29', Guest 35+, Guest 38', Dwyer 42', Kavanagh 47', Matheson 57', Abbott 67' RSA 0-10 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - PAK v AUS HT: 1-1, Goals: Schubert 20', Dwyer 41', Brooks 59' PAK 1-3 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS v NED HT: 0-0, Goals: Ockenden 58', Doerner 61' NED 2-2 Draw
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS v GBR HT: 0-1, Goals: George 40', Dwyer 45', Ockenden 68' GBR 3-3 Draw
Semifinal 02 HT: 1-0, Goals: Abbott 1', Ockenden 37' ESP 2-3 Loss
Bronze Medal Match HT: 4-2, Goals: Ockenden 5', 6', Abbott 9', Matheson 28', Hammond 42', Doerner 62' NED 6-2 Win  
Final Placing 3