Rocky's Dwyer helps sink Dutch
ROCKHAMPTON hockey stars Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles are still on top of the world.
They joined the Australian men's hockey team which won the Champions Trophy in Chennai, India, early yesterday morning with a 3-1 romp over the Netherlands.
Dwyer, who scored Australia's third goal, was named player of the final.
It is another big prize for the Rockhampton duo after joining Australia's gold medal-winning team at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Knowles, who played a full game at right half, has not lost a major tournament since joining the Kookaburras line-up.
The Kookaburras completed the first mission of a four-year plan for men's hockey world domination by claiming their eighth Champions Trophy crown.
This win broke a six-year Champions Trophy title drought for Australia, which did not compete in last year's event in Pakistan because of security fears, and ensured the Kooka- burras finished 2005 No. 1 on the world rankings. "That was our big goal we set in January, to win here and really knuckle down and set our focus on becoming the best team in the world over the next four years,'' Knowles said.
"The Champions Trophy for this year was the No. 1 tournament ? we definitely wanted to win it and we've gone out and done that.
"(After winning Olympic gold in Athens last year) one of the things we wanted to do was to not stand still and let teams catch us and I think we've done that this year.'' Australia's eighth title puts it equal with Spain as the most successful nation in the Champions Trophy's 27-year history. The Kookaburras also defeated the Dutch in Athens, in sudden-death extra time, but it was a far more convincing win yesterday, with Matthew Wells putting Australia on top with a penalty corner strike after 20 minutes, and Liam De Young and Dwyer adding field goals in the second half. Taeke Taekema pegged one back five minutes from fulltime off a Dutch penalty corner.