Hockeyroos Retire



After 342 games Madonna Blyth, a Hockeyroos legend, has retired from international competition. Kookaburra is proud to have been associated with Madonna throughout her career, and as she retires would like to congratulate her on her many achievements in the game. Three Olympics, three World All Stars teams, two Commonwealth Games golds and captain from 2009-2016 are achievements that most in the sport could only dream of. To top all that off by finishing with 342 games and the most capped Australian player of all-time is perhaps her greatest achievement and testament to her sustained excellence, leadership and service to the sport. Kookaburra is richer for having been associated with Madonna and will continue to support her in whatever she does inside or outside of hockey in the future. Congratulations Madonna – you’re not only a legend of Australian Hockey, but also Australian sport.

Fellow Hockeyroo great and Kookaburra ambassador Teneal Attard has also announced her retirement. Appropriately Teneal made her Hockeyroos debut one day after Madonna at the 2004 Champions Trophy and their careers have been closely linked ever since. Teneal played 221 games for the Hockeyroos and competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, as well as winning a silver medal at the 2014 Champions Trophy. But that only tells half the story of Teneal’s inspirational career, overcoming three anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions to fight her way back into the 2012 Olympic squad. Constantly fighting back from these major injuries shows a commitment and determination beyond the norm, something that Teneal has in spades. Kookaburra Sport congratulates Teneal on a great career and wishes her well in the next phase of her life.

Date: November 9, 2016