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.