Hockey has been played at the Commonwealth Games since 1998 and in that first year it was Australia who dominated, winning gold in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Malaysia men and England women took silver, while England men and New Zealand women won the bronze medals.
Australia men have dominated ever since – the Kookaburras have won the title an unbeaten six times, with New Zealand, Malaysia, India and Pakistan sharing the silver medals between them.
With Australia men sitting at number one in the FIH World Rankings and with the memory of a fantastic campaign at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – in which they lost on shoot-out to Belgium, it would be a brave person to suggest that head coach Colin Batch and his team could not make this a super seventh gold medal.
Leading Australia women this year and hoping to win gold in head coach capacity is Katrina Powell. Certainly, based on the bronze medal that the team recently won at the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup 2022, the Hockeyroos could be on track to win their fifth gold medal. Expect Stephanie Kershaw to be the dynamo that drives Australia on from midfield, while Joceln Bartram leads a rock solid defence.