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Rocky hero’s axing shocks a fellow hockey champion

Jamie Dwyer - Rockhampton hockey star. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Jamie Dwyer - Rockhampton hockey star. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK201211shoc3

FORMER hockey international Kym Ireland cannot believe Australia's greatest player was axed by email.

Rockhampton's Jamie Dwyer, five-time world hockey player of the year and Australia's equal highest capped player, was told by email he was not in the squad for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

That shocked fellow Rockhampton product Ireland, who was the Australian women's goalkeeper for eight years and played at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

"You just don't do it that way, not with an email," she said.

"You don't do that to a player who has given so much to Australian hockey, who has done so much on the world stage.

"A player of his standing deserves more respect.

"When I heard about it I was so disappointed. I thought, 'shame, shame, shame'.

Kym Ireland
Kym Ireland

"The procedure is wrong and needs to be addressed."

Dwyer, 35, received the email just days after scoring a goal in Australia's crushing 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup final last month.

"The email said they were looking for a younger team and a team for the Rio (Olympic) Games in 2016," he told southern media.

"I was looking forward to it. It was going to be my fourth Commonwealth Games.

"I believe I am still in the best 16 players in this country."

Ireland agreed.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm all for bringing through young talent but Jamie's still good enough to be playing at the elite level," she said.

"And the younger players could also have learnt so much from him. Just imagine the knowledge that he could impart on them.

"There are a lot of people who would be on cloud nine playing with Jamie Dwyer."

Ireland is confident Dwyer has the ability to bounce back and make it to the 2016 Olympics.

"If he's in the right frame of mind, he will go to the next Olympics but he needs support. He needs to know that people are behind him.

"He's probably really hurting now but he would never say anything."

Whatever Dwyer's future held, Ireland believed his achievements would never be surpassed.

"He is a five-time international player of the year. Nobody has ever achieved that and I don't think anybody else ever will, to be honest.

"That just shows how good Jamie Dwyer is.

"Given that he can play both midfield and striker, I don't think there will be another player like him."

Kym representing Queensland against New South Wales.Kym competing at the national championships.
Kym representing Queensland against New South Wales.Kym competing at the national championships.

Topics:  hockey, jamie dwyer, kym ireland, olympians




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