Friday, June 20, 2014

Seasoned Australian midfielder Rob Hammond retires

Australia midfielder Rob Hammond has called time on his international hockey career, following his team’s magnificent third World Cup triumph in The Hague, Netherlands. Hammond was very much in the thick of action as the Kookaburras demolished third ranked Netherlands 6-1 in a lop-sided title tilt in front of their home fans.

The 33-year-old, who plays for Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the Hero Hockey India League, has made 256 international appearances. Hammond,  was also a member of the 2010 World Cup-winning side besides being a part of the silver-winning 2006 World Cup side. He has an impressive trophy cabinet  – he was part of the 2004 Athens Olympics gold as well as a member of the bronze-winning 2008 Beijing Olympics side.

Hammond made his senior international debut against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in May 2002 under coach Barry Dancer – a game the Aussies won 3-1. He also featured in two Commonwealth Games and six Champions Trophy tournaments.

He was forced to give the 2012 London Olympics a miss because of a broken wrist injury. He recently became the seventh Australian to play 250 internationals and in fact achieved the feat during the opening World Cup game against Malaysia.

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