Dwyer excited to keep ball rolling
ROCKHAMPTON'S hockey superstar Jamie Dwyer has captained the Australian Kookaburras team, been named World Player of the Year three times and plays at a level that most can only conjure up in their dreams.
And it’s far from over for the 30-year-old, with the ball still rolling after he was this week re-selected for the national senior squad by senior coach Ric Charlesworth.
Despite the high-profile position Dwyer has gained after nearly a decade on the international circuit, he still doesn’t anticipate his achievements.
“I am very excited about being selected for the squad,” Dwyer said.
“I wouldn’t say I’m getting used to it. It’s great fun and I had a great year. We pretty much won everything we played and I am very happy with my form,” he said.
After 226 games and a terrific season with the Kookaburras ranked No.2 in the world, there are moments that Dwyer looks back upon with pleasure – but one that sits at the top of the list.
“Winning a gold medal in Athens is easily my biggest highlight,” he said.
There are other show-stoppers that spectators would remember – the win against arch-rivals the Netherlands earlier this month was achieved thanks to what was said to be a near-impossible goal.
Dwyer put the Dutch on the back foot when he hit a reverse shot from the corner of the shooting circle, a feat which not only had opponents’ mouths on the floor but his own.
“It was a good goal; I got the pass from Knowles and had a tight angle. I didn’t know whether to shoot or pass and I felt I was in a good position and decided to hit it in,” he said.
Next year will be Dwyer’s 10th season with the Kookaburras and he will add to the 226 games he has already played for his country, an uncommon achievement for any sporting athlete.
“If you stay in for two Olympic periods, you have done really well so, hopefully, I will stick around until 2012,” he said.
“It’s not really common but if you play over 200 games for your country, it’s a big thing.”