Jamie Dwyer, arguably one of Australia’s best ever hockey players, has been controversially left out of the squad selection ahead of the Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow this coming July.
Dwyer is now unsure of his hockey future, after stating he’s going to take a few months off from hockey to think about his hockey career.
Australia recently won the Hockey World Cup, where Dwyer was a pivotal member of the team.
The 5 time world player has been left out, as well as veteran De Young, from the squad to make room for younger players ahead of Rio 2016, according to Courier Mail.
Dwyer told News Limited on Tuesday:
“I got an email a few days ago saying I was not in the squad. I wanted to go but there was not much I can do about it unfortunately.”
He went on to explain:
“I am 35. I could go to Rio and it would freshen me up to do it with a new coach. On the other hand it would be nice to have finished the way we did (with a World Cup win).’’
Head coach Ric Charlsworth has now retired after winning the World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands, and two of his trusted assistants have stepped up as head coaches, Graham Reid and Paul Gaudoin.
The Kookaburra’s Men Commonwealth Squad:
Daniel Beale, Andrew Charter, Chris Ciriello, Matt Gohdes, Kieran Govers, Jeremy Hayward, Fergus Kavanagh, Mark Knowles, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Simon Orchard, Andrew Philpott, Matthew Swann, Jake Whetton, Tristan White, Aran Zalewski.
The Kookaburra’s Women’s Commonwealth Squad:
Madonna Blyth, Edwina Bone, Jane Claxton, Casey Eastham, Anna Flanagan, Kate Jenner, Jodie Kenny, Rachael Lynch, Karri McMahon, Georgia Nanscawen, Ashleigh Nelson, Georgie Parker, Brooke Peris, Emily Smith, Jayde Taylor.