Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles won three medals for Australia in men’s hockey: gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008 and 2012. The Queenslander was the youngest member of the team in Athens, aged 20. The gold medal was Australia’s first Olympic men’s hockey title after 48 years in the game. This included three silver medals, three bronze medals and two fourths at previous Games. Because of this rich history, the success in Athens was an emotional affair, with the team being mobbed by supporters and ex-players after its 2-1 extra-time win against The Netherlands in the final.

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.

Knowles went on compete at his third Olympic Games in London where the Australians faced defending Olympic Champions Germany in the semi-final. The Australians held a 2-1 lead midway through the second half, but the Germans stormed home to win 4-2. The Aussie Kookaburras bounced back to knock off the British 3-1 in the bronze medal match and collect Australia’s sixth consecutive medal in the event.

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