Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles made his fourth appearance in the men’s Olympic hockey team in Rio, captaining the side with years of experience. 

The Aussie Olympic campaign kicked off with a 2-1 win over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand but despite starting strong, the side then suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses to Spain and Belgium. Determined to claim their third straight Olympic medal, the Aussies then secured a 2-1 win over Great Britain and a 9-0 victory over Brazil, setting themselves up for a quarter-final clash against the number 2 ranked side, the Netherlands. The Aussies quickly saw their hopes of a gold medal fade as the Dutch secured a 4-0 win, knocking the favourites out of the Olympic competition.

Having played for the Kookaburras since 2004, Knowles has gained significant experience at the highest level that has seen him become one of only two players (alongside Jamie Dwyer) that will take the field in Rio as part of his fourth consecutive Olympic Games. The Rockhampton born veteran was also crowned ‘International Player of the Year’ in 2014.

Knowles made his international debut in 2004 and at 20 years of age became the youngest in the team to win Olympic gold when Australia defeated the Netherlands in the final to claim their first ever Olympic title.

He became a Kookaburras regular and in 2007 he won the World's Best Young Player award. He returned to Olympic competition in Beijing but could not help Australia reach the final to defend their Olympic title as the team eventually finished with bronze. The same occurred in London where the side frustratingly brought home their second Olympic bronze medal. 

He was a part of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup winning side and has three Commonwealth Games gold medals to his name. He has since neared 275 caps for his country with a second Olympic gold in his sights. Throughout his career he has also claimed five Champions Trophy titles. Knowles married Jamie Dwyer's younger sister Kelly in 2010.

 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Hockey - Men
Pool MA Match AUS v NZL HT: 2-0, Goals: Ciriello 8', Gohdes 23' 2-1 Win
Pool MA Match AUS v ESP HT: 0-0 ESP 0-1 Loss
Pool MA Match BEL v AUS HT: 1-0 BEL 1-0 Loss
Pool MA Match GBR v AUS HT: 0-0, Goals: Zalewski 50', Whetton 55' GBR 1-2 Win
Pool MA Match AUS v BRA HT: 6-0, Goals: Dwyer 7', 9', Gohdes 11', Turner 20', 24', 27', Dawson 35', Govers 45', 59' BRA 9-0 Win
Quarterfinal HT: 2-0 NED 4-0 Loss
Final Placing 6 / 12

2012 London

Hockey - Men
Bronze Medal Match M37 HT: 1-1, Goals: ORCHARD, S- 17'; DWYER, J- 48'; GOVERS, K- 57' GBR 3 - 1 Win
Semifinal 1 Match M33 HT: 1-1, Goals: GOVERS, K- 22'; TURNER, G- 42' GER 2 - 4 Loss
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 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
Pool MA Match M23 HT: 2-0, Goals: FORD, R- 7', 11'; KNOWLES, M- 41' GBR 3 - 3 Draw
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
Final Placing 3 / 12

2008 Beijing

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 /

2004 Athens

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