Aussies strong in All Star Team
8 November 2006
Following the recent hockey World Cups, where the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos played exceptionally for two second places, Australia's position as the strongest hockey nation in the world has been strengthened with the naming of the World Hockey All Star teams for 2006.
Australia has eight representatives in the men's and women's team, sharing the honours with the Netherlands, also with eight.
However, the old adage that you're only as strong as your last performance must put Australia slightly ahead of the Dutch when combing Australia’s two seconds, compared to the Netherlands who finished first (women) and seventh (men).
Brent Livermore and Nikki Hudson both have the honour of being selected the captain of their respective sides, while Australian coaches, Barry Dancer and Frank Murray, were also named - highlighting the strength of our national and development programs under their guidance.
Jamie Dwyer, Bevan George, Stephen Mowlam and Angie Skirving make up the rest of the Australian contingent.
Several players should consider themselves unlucky not to have been named, particularly Emily Halliday and Kobie McGurk who both had great years in 2006.
The World Hockey All Star teams were chosen by journalists, as well as hockey fans who visited the FIH site throughout the World Cup.
Men’s World Hockey All Star Team 2006
Forwards: Jamie DWYER (AUS) Santiago FREIXA (ESP) Christopher ZELLER (GER) Pol AMAT (ESP) Shakeel ABBASI (PAK)
Midfielders: Teun DE NOOIJER (NED) Brent LIVERMORE (AUS) Yong Bae KIM (KOR) Jeroen DELMEE (NED) Tibor WEISSENBORN (GER)
Defenders: Taeke TAEKEMA (NED) Philipp CRONE (GER) Bevan GEORGE (AUS) Hayden SHAW (NZL) Richard MANTELL (ENG) Dilip TIRKEY (IND)
Goal keepers: Stephen MOWLAM (AUS) Ulrich BUBOLZ (GER)
Coaches: Barry DANCER (AUS) Bernhard PETERS (GER)
Women’s World Hockey All Star Team 2006
Forwards: Nikki HUDSON (AUS) Bao Rong FU (CHN) Sylvia KARRES (NED) Natascha KELLER (GER) Kaori CHIBA (JPN)
Midfielders: Luciana AYMAR (ARG) Mi Hyun PARK (KOR) Silvia MUNOZ ESCUDE (ESP) Fanny RINNE (GER) Miek VAN GEENHUIZEN (NED)
Defenders: Minke BOOIJ (NED) Magdalena AICEGA (ARG) Akemi KATO (JPN) Angie SKIRVING (AUS) Christa CULLEN (ENG) Janneke SCHOPMAN (NED)
Goal keepers: Amy TRAN (USA) Maria Jesus ROSA DURAN (ESP) Coaches: Marc LAMMERS (NED) Frank MURRAY (AUS)