Illawarra duo selected for hockey World Cup

Illawarra’s Kookaburras Flynn Ogilvie and Blake Govers will debut in their first World Cup after being named in the team last Friday. 

Flynn Ogilvie

Flynn Ogilvie

Both players have represented their country in previous junior world cups in India and now the senior competition in Bhubaneswar, India later this month. 

Kieran Govers, recalled to the squad recently, failed to gain selection and Tristan White had excused himself due to family commitments. 

New coach Colin Batch went for a young team with a few seasoned players in preparation for the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. 

The Kookaburras are ranked number one in the world, having won the Commonwealth Games title and the Champions Trophy. 

They are the defending champions having won the World Cup in 2010 and 2014. 

In their group they will face Ireland, China and England and will be favoured to reach the quarter-finals. 

Ogilvie was excited to be selected after almost missing last season due to a hamstring injury he sustained during the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia last year. 

“I’m very excited to be selected. After missing Rio and being injured all last year, it’s great to get a chance at such a big tournament,” he said. 

He also spoke about the recent AHL final at the Gold Coast where his Waratahs team lost to the Maroons. 

“It was always going to be a tight final. I think we were noticeably the best two teams there. I thought we played well but just couldn’t get over the top of them,” Ogilvie said. 

 “They were very good structurally, probably due to the fact most of their team train together in Brisbane all year plus they were playing the same system as the Kookaburras play so the guys coming back from Perth already knew the system.

“Half our team were coming from Perth or overseas and the other half from Sydney, we had to learn a new system quickly. We did this very well but I think their structure held up stronger than ours and that’s what got them over the line.

“It was disappointing not to win as we are a very proud team and our recent history hasn’t been where we like it to be. As a team we were very proud of what we did this year but just fell short,” Ogilvie said. 

Blake Govers, who was the top scorer at the AHL, was also happy to be back in the national team after missing the Commonwealth Games from a broken finger. 

The team will now train in Perth for three weeks before heading to India.