Kookaburras must reach potential to win gold, says Dwyer

EXCITING TIMES: Jamie Dwyer will become Australia's oldest ever hockey Olympian at Rio.
EXCITING TIMES: Jamie Dwyer will become Australia's oldest ever hockey Olympian at Rio. Grant Treeby

HOCKEY: Five-time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer says the Australian men's hockey team has to play to its full potential to match the gold medal success of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

At 37, Dwyer will become Australia's oldest ever hockey Olympian when he steps out against New Zealand next Sunday (AEST).

And, he admits, he is still as excited as ever about the Olympic Games, despite Rio 2016 being his fourth appearance on the world's biggest stage.

"I can't do anything about my age,” Dwyer said.

"I feel good. I've had a pretty good last couple of years and now I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the tournament and seeing how we go.”

The scorer of the golden goal at Athens 2004 that earned the Australian men their only Olympic hockey gold medal, Dwyer acknowledges that Australia must fulfil its potential, with at least four other serious contenders for the top prize.

"We all know, and we all believe, that if we play to how we know we can play we're going to be a tough team to beat,” Dwyer said.

"In saying that, Germany, Holland, Great Britain and Belgium, I believe, are all realistic chances of winning a gold medal.

"But if we play our best, which I'm hoping we'll do, the outcome will take care of itself.”

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