Eddie Ockenden

Hockey player Edward ‘Eddie’ Ockenden is a dual Olympic bronze medallist (2008, 2012). The Tasmanian speedster was the youngest member of the Kookaburras team in Beijing, aged 21. His pace, stickwork and creativity made him one of the most dangerous strikers at the 2008 Games. He tied with Des Abbott as the team’s leading scorers with six goals – a tally bettered by only two other players in the tournament. Ockenden’s most memorable performance occurred in the bronze medal final against the Netherlands. He scored twice in the first ten minutes of the final and the Australians went on to dominate their traditional rival, winning 6-2.

In London Ockenden and the world No1 ranked Australians met defending Olympic Champions Germany in the semi-final after an imperfect passage through the pool stages (Australia drew with Argentina and Great Britain). Despite the Aussies leading for most of the match and being a goal up with 16 minutes to go, Germany lifted another gear in the final stages of the game, scoring three late goals to run out 4-2 winners and cruelly deny the Kookaburras a chance to play for gold. The Australians showed great strength to bounce back and knock off the British 3-1 in front of a vocal home crowd in the bronze medal match.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Pool MA Match M02 HT: 2-0, Goals: DWYER, J- 16' 48' 58'; BUTTURINI, M- 33'; CIRIELLO, C- 46'; TURNER, G- 62' RSA 6 - 0 Win
Pool MA Match M07 HT: 3-0, Goals: FORD, R- 9'; BUTTURINI, M- 14'; ORCHARD, S- 29'; TURNER, G- 40': OCKENDEN, E- 69' ESP 5 - 0 Win
Pool MA Match M13 HT: 2-0, Goals: BUTTURINI, M- 11'; DWYER, J- 35' ARG 2 - 2 Draw
Pool MA Match M23 HT: 2-0, Goals: FORD, R- 7', 11'; KNOWLES, M- 41' GBR 3 - 3 Draw
Pool MA Match M26 HT: 4-0, Goals: DE YOUNG, L- 5'; KNOWLES, M- 6'; CIRIELLO, C-29', 34'; FORD, R- 42'; DWYER, J- 48'; TURNER, G- 70' PAK 7 - 0 Win
Semifinal 1 Match M33 HT: 1-1, Goals: GOVERS, K- 22'; TURNER, G- 42' GER 2 - 4 Loss
Bronze Medal Match M37 HT: 1-1, Goals: ORCHARD, S- 17'; DWYER, J- 48'; GOVERS, K- 57' GBR 3 - 1 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 12

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