Jamie Dwyer

In 2004 Jamie Dwyer broke one of the longest droughts in Australians sport when he nailed a dramatic goal in extra time to win Australia’s first ever gold medal in men’s hockey. Dwyer wears the number 1 on his back. It’s a figure that symbolises his status in the game of field hockey … He has been named as the world’s best player a staggering five time (2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011).

Athens 2004 was Dwyer’s first and most successful of three Games campaigns. At the Beijing Olympics, Australia’s Kookaburras (ranked No 1 in the world) were unexpectedly beaten by Spain (ranked No4) in a semi-final, but went on to win the bronze medal by trouncing their 2004 final counterparts The Netherlands 6-2. The gold medal went to Germany.

The Kookaburras entered the London Olympics again as world No1 having completed a hat-trick of titles in 2010- winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games- and having become the first team to win the Champions Trophy four years in a row.

In London’s Olympic semi-final the Australians held a 2-1 lead over defending Champions Germany midway through the second half, but the Germans stormed home to win 4-2. The Aussies bounced back to knock off the British 3-1 in the bronze medal match and Dwyer finished the tournament with 6 goals.

Born in 1979 in Rockhampton, Dwyer began his career with the Queensland Blades before moving to Canberra on a scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sport. He made his international debut in 2001, and wasted no time in tormenting opponents around the world. In 2002 the international federation FIH named him as Young Player of the Year after a season in which he scored 24 goals from 34 matches.

After the Athens Games, Dwyer complemented his service in the Australian team with club stints in India, Spain and the Netherlands (where he met his wife Leoni). After the London Olympic Games he became the face of Hockey India League.

Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

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

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Men
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS V NZL HT: 2-0, Goals: Elder 15', Dwyer 24', 42', 60' NZL 4-1 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - ARG V AUS HT: 2-1, Goals: Dwyer 25', 66' ARG 2-2 Draw
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS V IND HT: 1-1, Goals: Elder 11', Dwyer 38', McCann 49', Brennan 70' IND 4-3 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - RSA V AUS HT: 2-2, Goals: Brooks 17', Eglington 19', Brennan 47' RSA 2-3 Win
Preliminaries - Pool B - AUS V NED HT: 1-2, Goals: Brooks 28' NED 1-2 Loss
Semi Final HT: 1-3, Goals: Elder 3', McCann 23', 44', Wells 27', Schubert 51', 53' ESP 3-6 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 1-0, FT: 1-1, Goals: Brooks 37', Dwyer 78' NED 1-2 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 12