#LegendaryMoments: 2014 World Cup last one in every of our biggest performances, says attacking icon Jamie Dwyer
In Half 2 of our dialog with 5 instances FIH Participant of the 12 months Jamie Dwyer, the attacking legend continues his reflections on the 2014 Hockey World Cup last, the place the Kookaburras claimed a shocking victory over host nation the Netherlands to defend the world title that that they had received in New Delhi 4 years earlier.
Dwyer – unquestionably one in every of hockey’s all-time greats – discusses the half time recommendation of revered head coach Ric Charlesworth, the place he charges the Kookaburras’ shows in The Hague in addition to his feelings of scoring an excellent particular person objective so as to add gloss on a last efficiency that got here near perfection.
The complete match replay of that epic last, in addition to Half 1 of our dialog with Jamie Dwyer, is now accessible for all followers through the.
FIH: When Dutchman Jeroen Hertzberger scored the opening objective, which he took very effectively, the stadium erupted, with the followers beginning to imagine that the Netherlands may beat you guys, regardless of your run of type. However your response was terrific, getting the targets earlier than the break to take a lead into the second half. What did Ric Charlesworth, your head coach, say at half time? Was there any sort of steerage that allowed you to kick on in that second half or was it simply to maintain doing what you’re doing?
Jamie Dwyer: “Simply hold going. The one factor that Ric taught us was to go on the market and be like robots. It doesn’t matter whether it is coaching, whether or not we’re taking part in towards Fiji or one of the best nation on this planet, we go on the market and carry out like we must always in each single minute and each single second. The messages have been all the time the identical from Ric at half time. He’s excellent at studying the sport, so he provides us a little bit of a short about what we must always and shouldn’t do, and if we have to adapt in any approach. However total, it was fairly easy stuff – simply go on the market and hold grinding away. We knew we have been taking part in higher than the Dutch. You can see it in our team-mates’ eyes. We weren’t leaving it as much as one particular person or two folks. Everybody was in good type at the moment, so knew collectively that we might run over them.”
FIH: You ended up taking a 6-1 win in that last. Lots of people take into account it to be probably the most spectacular ‘away’ performances within the historical past of the game. I used to be questioning the place it charges when it comes to one of the best staff performances from the Kookaburras that you’ve been concerned in. How good was it? Is it within the high three?
Jamie Dwyer: “Oh yeah, positively. The entire match for us because the Kookaburras was one of the best match I feel I’ve ever been part of, one of the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve been following the Kookaburras for a very long time. Undoubtedly one of the best match, and the ultimate itself was very memorable due to the entire state of affairs. Everybody within the Australian males’s hockey staff is aware of the Dutch, as a result of they received the 1996 Olympics, the 2000 Olympics, the 1998 World Cup, which was in Holland in further time towards Spain. We knew the Dutch staff, we knew how good they have been going to be. However to play that last, in that stadium, in entrance of the Dutch followers and to play the way in which that we did [was incredible]. It was positively one of the best match that the Kookaburras have performed.”
FIH: And you bought on the score-sheet, scoring the sixth objective. Any recollections about that second?
Jamie Dwyer: “Sure, I keep in mind it prefer it was yesterday, actually! It was an enormous aid for me, simply to attain in that recreation. That entire yr main into that World Cup, it was up and down, you recognize? There have been instances there after I didn’t even know if I used to be going to play hockey for Australia after December 2013. I used to be fascinated by retiring, I wasn’t having a good time and wasn’t having fun with it the way in which I did after I was youthful. So, for me personally, it was a very emotional roller-coaster main up into these video games. To attain, you recognize the feelings simply got here out and I celebrated most likely a little bit bit an excessive amount of. However for me, it was good to attain. Fortunately it was most likely one in every of my higher video games within the World Cup. Out of the seven video games, it was most likely my finest or second-best recreation of the match, which I used to be completely happy about. However to attain and end it off like that, I used to be simply completely happy. Actually completely happy.”