Deavin and Ockenden in World Cup win

THE Tasmanian celebrations for Tim Deavin and Eddie Ockenden's involvement in Australia's hockey World Cup triumph stretched from their own homes to Parliament House.

The state and national teammates were part of the Kookaburras team which completed a sensational tournament with a 6-1 thrashing of host nation the Netherlands yesterday.

They played key roles throughout the campaign in The Hague, both getting on the scoresheet in earlier rounds as Ric Charlesworth's team rattled in 30 goals while conceding just three.

It was the second World Cup triumph for 27-year-old Ockenden, of Hobart's North West Grads club, and a first for Deavin, 29, of Tamar Churinga in Launceston, who was a late call-up after teammate Glenn Simpson withdrew injured. 

``He will be thrilled,'' Deavin's father Phil said.

``He was quite disappointed at not being selected in the first place so to get in the team and win the second biggest tournament out there is sensational for him. 

``It was a long struggle for him to get into the team which had been his dream from very early on. He missed a few opportunities before getting a call-up about four years ago.''

It was a nervous start to the final with the Dutch taking an early lead through Jeroen Hertzberger's solo goal in front of a partisan 15,000-strong crowd.

Inspired by skipper and player-of-the-tournament Mark Knowles, the Aussies stormed back with a hat-trick from penalty corner specialist Chris Ciriello and further strikes by Kieran Govers, Glenn Turner and five-time world-player-of-the-year Jamie Dwyer who described the team's seven emphatic demolition jobs as ``incredible''.

The performance of Deavin and Ockenden, who were also part of the national team which won bronze at the last Olympics in London, was lauded in their home state with the praise led by Premier and Minister for Sport Will Hodgman.

``It is outstanding to have two Tasmanians involved in this historic win and who also made major contributions throughout the tournament,'' he said.

``Tasmania has a great hockey heritage and this is another proud chapter for the sport in our state.''

Mr Hodgman wished the pair and another Launceston product, Nick Budgeon, good luck in their bid for Commonwealth Games selection.

Hockey Tasmania CEO Andrew Winch said the state's involvement in the national triumph had far-reaching benefits.

``It's fantastic for hockey in Tasmania to see home-grown talent reach the pinnacle,'' he said.

Winch said the pedigree of Tasmania's hockey heritage was further demonstrated by its healthy involvement in world masters tournaments also going on in the Netherlands.

Jeremy Stebbings, Forbes Appleby, Jason Lynch, Glenn Lucas, Brett Withington and Michael Austin are taking part in the over-40s, Peter Gaggin and Damian Smith in the over-45s and Don Bowser in an over-55s side facing a semi-final against England.


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