Jamie and Mark up for gong



ROCKHAMPTON hockey is still proving a hit in international competition with former junior players Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles among the International Hockey Federation player of the year nominees.

Dwyer has been nominated for the player of the year while Knowles was nominated for the young player of the year award.

A poll among the players and coaches involved in the current six-nations Champions Trophy in Chennai, India, will determine the winners to be announced this weekend.

Dwyer was the 2004 player of the year after his sudden-death goal in Athens last year won the Australian men their first Olympic hockey gold medal.

It is a further honour for Dwyer and Knowles who helped the Kookaburras reach the Champions Trophy final overnight on Wednesday.

The Kookaburras booked a start after a 3-2 win over the Netherlands ? their fourth consecutive win at the Trophy, making their last match against Pakistan inconsequential tomorrow morn-ing.

It was Knowles' 50th game for Australia.

Michael McCann scored the match-winner two minutes from the end after the Dutch twice drew level through stinging drag flicks from penalty corner specialist Taeke Taekema.

Australia missed last year's Champions Trophy in Lahore, Pakistan.



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