Rocky Hockey Players to Shine at Huge Event

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Byline: aaron kelly aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au

Champions Trophy

Pool A: Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Pakistan. Pool B: Germany, Netherlands, Korea, New Zealand

Today: Australia v Spain

Tomorrow: Australia v Great Britain

Tuesday (Dec 6): Australia v Pakistan

Thursday (Dec 8), Saturday (Dec 10), Sunday (Dec 11): Finals

HOCKEY: What does Rockhampton hockey star Jamie Dwyer and former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting have in common?

The leading Australian sportsmen were inducted to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Best of the Best Hall of Fame last month.

Dwyer, 32, is chasing another slice of history when he joins the Australian men's hockey team aiming for a fourth consecutive Champions Trophy a a feat never before achieved a in New Zealand starting today.

The world's best hockey player of his generation, Dwyer was one of five new inductees to the AIS Hall of Fame, along with Ponting, sailor Malcolm Page, Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey and fellow Rockhampton sporting star, cyclist Anna Meares.

Co-captain Dwyer will continue his comeback from a knee injury for the No.1 ranked Kookaburras at the eight-day tournament in Auckland.

The reigning world hockey player of the year has been joined in the Australian line-up by cousin and fellow Rockhampton hockey product, young gun Matt Gohdes, who will be out to impress coach Ric Charlesworth ahead of next year's London Olympics.

Rockhampton's third member of the Kookaburras squad, Mark Knowles, will miss the Champions Trophy after the birth of his first child, baby boy Flynn, in Perth earlier this week. …