Eddie Ockenden becomes first Tasmanian to play 300 games

MILESTONE MAN: Eddie Ockenden played his 300th international game on Saturday night. Picture: Click InFocus
MILESTONE MAN: Eddie Ockenden played his 300th international game on Saturday night. Picture: Click InFocus

Tasmanian hockey champion Eddie Ockenden was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw in his 300th international appearance on Saturday night. 

Lining up alongside fellow Tasmanian Jeremy Edwards in a Hockey World League Finals Pool B match in India, Ockenden helped the Kookaburras to a 2-1 lead over Germany before Marin Haner snatched a point for the four-time Olympic champions by converting from a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the last term.

Earlier, Blake Govers and Aaron Kleinschmidt notched second-half goals for the Kookaburras after Marco Miltkau scored on seven minutes.

Ockenden, who debuted for the national team 11 years ago, said he would remember the match for a long time to come despite the result. 

“Thinking about it now I’m pretty proud to represent Australia 300 times,” Ockenden said after the match. 

“It feels like a lot of games.

“It feels like it went pretty quickly in the same sentence.”

Australia sit third in pool B with two draws but can still top the group should they beat England late Monday night.

Ockenden said his side still harboured big ambitions for the competition.

“We’re looking to win the tournament. 

“We want to get better every day and I think we were better than (the 1-1 draw with India). 

“We want to make steps all the way through, quarter-finals, semi-finals are obviously big games. 

“Whenever we come to tournaments we want to win, so it is definitely our aim.”