Sport

Rockhampton's Knowles up for another international gong

Photo of Mark Knowles with Australian Flag he carried at closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as posted on Twitter by Kookaburras.
Photo of Mark Knowles with Australian Flag he carried at closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as posted on Twitter by Kookaburras.

ROCKHAMPTON born and raised Kookaburra Mark Knowles is one of six Australian hockey players nominated for international awards.

Six Australians are in the frame for world hockey's top awards after the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the shortlists for its Player of the Year Awards.

Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles and teammate Eddie Ockenden are nominated on the five man shortlist for International Male Player of the Year while Andrew Charter is in the running for International Male Goalkeeper of the Year and Jeremy Hayward the International Male Rising Star.

Hockeyroos defender Anna Flanagan is on the shortlist for International Female Rising Star while Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch is in the running for International Female Goalkeeper.

The FIH Player of the Year Awards are open to public voting for the first time ever with the five-person shortlists in each category having been determined by a panel of hockey experts. The voting is being conducted through Facebook at Facebook.com/fihockey.

Knowles, Ockenden and Flanagan are all previous winners of the World Young Player of the Year crown - the former name for the Rising Star category. Knowles picked up the title in 2007 with Ockenden following in 2008. Flanagan won the women's young player award in 2012.

This year, Knowles was named Player of the Tournament at the World Cup with Hayward also scooping the Young Player of the Tournament accolade in The Hague. At the women's World Cup, Lynch went home with the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.

Their nominations are indicative of the success enjoyed by both Australian teams in 2014. The Kookaburras won the World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medals within five weeks of one another and they returned to the top of the FIH world rankings in January following the World League Finals.

The Hockeyroos have continued their upward trajectory, rising to number two in the world rankings as they picked up the silver medal at the World Cup and Champions Trophy competitions, and gold at the Commonwealth Games. In reaching the final of the Champions Trophy earlier this week they continued an impressive run of form that has seen them reach the final of every major international tournament in which they've competed since December 2012.

Hockey Australia is encouraging Australian sports fans to place their votes at Facebook.com/fihockey.

The results will be announced via the FIH social media channels between 18-23 December.

International Male Player of the Year shortlist
Ashley Jackson (England)
Robert Kemperman (Netherlands)
Mark Knowles (Australia)
Eddie Ockenden (Australia)
Robert Van Der Horst (Netherlands)

International Female Player of the Year
Maartje Paumen (Netherlands)
Lidewij Welten (Netherlands)
Ellen Hoog (Netherlands)
Luciana Aymar (Argentina)
Lauren Crandall (USA)

International Male Goalkeeper of the Year
Juan Vivaldi (Argentina)
Andrew Charter (Australia)
Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh (India)
Jaap Stockmann (Netherlands)
George Pinner (England)

International Female Goalkeeper of the Year
Rachael Lynch (Australia)
Belen Succi (Argentina)
Joyce Sombroek (Netherlands)
Maddie Hinch (England)
Jackie Kintzer (USA)

International Male Rising Star of the Year
Arthur Van Doren (Belgium)
Christopher Ruhr (Germany)
Jeremy Hayward (Australia)
Akashdeep Singh (India)
Gonzalo Pelliat (Argentina)

International Female Rising Star of the Year
Yang Peng (China)
Rani Rampal (India)
Florencia Habif (Argentina)
Anna Flanagan (Australia)
Xan de Waard (Netherlands)
 

Topics:  hockey, kookaburras, mark knowles



Rural medicine postgraduate training hub for Rockhampton?

Prof Sarah Strasser, head of the Rural Clinical School for the University of Queensland, confirmed the university would be putting in a submission.

Plans to move postgraduate from metro areas to rural/regional

Cameron scores podium finish in first comp

Cameron Winter has finished with a third placing in his first body-building competition.

Body-builder ecstatic about third placing in his first competition

Development fees slashed for aged care facility

Benevolent Aged Care.

Councillors were split over the percentage of discount

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Rocky venue to exclusively screen global movie festival

WORLD PREMIER: The Walter Reid Cultural Centre is one of eight Australian venues to host the World's First Global Film Festival.

Local movie lovers to judge the World's First Global Film Fest

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work