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Six Aussie hockey stars nominated for FIH awards

14 January 2019

HOCKEY: Australian Hockey supporters are being encouraged to get their votes in after the shortlists for the major gongs at the upcoming International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Stars awards were revealed.

Brisbane’s Jake Whetton is named as one of five candidates for the prestigious FIH Men’s Player of the Year award following a stellar 2018 which included winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal, winning the Champions Trophy and claiming a bronze medal at the World Cup.

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The 27-year-old Queensland forward excelled throughout the year, bringing up his 150th cap in January and being a key part of the Kookaburras’ major successes, including scoring two goals at the World Cup.

Meanwhile, WA goalkeeper Tyler Lovell, WA defender Jake Harvie and NSW forward Tim Brand were also shortlisted for awards.

Lovell has been named as one of five candidates for the FIH Goalkeeper of the Year gong following a stellar 2018 which included his shootout heroics in the Champions Trophy final in July.

Dardanup’s Harvie and Sydney product Brand are candidates for the FIH Rising Star award for 2018.

Harvie won the Young Player of the Tournament award at the Champions Trophy in July, while Brand debuted during the same event and finished with two goals, before netting four times at the World Cup.

In the women’s categories, Victorian Hockeyroo Rachael Lynch was nominated for the FIH Goalkeeper of the Year gong, while Gold Coast’s Rosie Malone was shortlisted for the FIH Rising Star.

Rach Lynch

Warrandyte product Lynch was heroic for the Hockeyroos during their World Cup in midyear in London, including several saves in their quarter-final shootout win over Argentina.

Lynch was also exceptional at the Commonwealth Games, where the side won silver, not conceding one goal until the final.

Malone debuted for Australia in January and netted her maiden international goal at the World Cup. She also scored two goals at the Champions Trophy in November.

The winners will be decided by a fan vote on the FIH website, which is open until 18 January 2019.

WOMEN
FIH Player of the Year:
Eva de Goede (NED), Xan de Waard (NED), Stacey Mitchelsen (NZL), Georgina Oliva (ESP), Lidewij Welten (NED)
FIH Goalkeeper of the Year:
Ye Jiao (CHN), Maddie Hinch (ENG), Rachael Lynch (AUS), Ayeisha McFerran (IRL), Maria Ruiz (ESP)
FIH Rising Star of the Year:
Nike Lorenz (GER), Ambrosia Malone (AUS), Lena Tice (IRE), Marijn Veen (NED), Lucina Von der Heyde (ARG)

MEN
FIH Player of the Year:
Billy Bakker (NED), Simon Gougnard (BEL), Barry Middleton (ENG), Arthur van Doren (BEL), Jake Whetton (AUS)
FIH Goalkeeper of the Year:
Pirmin Blaak (NED), Tyler Lovell (AUS), George Pinner (ENG), Vincent Vanasch (BEL), Tobias Walter (GER)
FIH Rising Star of the Year:
Tim Brand (AUS), Arthur de Sloover (BEL), Jake Harvie (AUS), Timm Herzbruch (GER), Thijs van Dam (NED)

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