THE world’s best hockey player Jamie Dwyer will lead a trio of Australian stars to Warrnambool.
Dwyer, the five-time international player of the year and Olympic gold medalist, will be part of a series of clinics organised by the Warrnambool and District Hockey Association.
President Tomas Tait said the association was delighted to have Dwyer, fellow Olympic gold medalist Mark Knowles and another as yet unnamed Kookaburra on board for next month’s clinics.
The Kookaburras will make the trip to Warrnambool following the Championships Trophy which is being played in Melbourne from December 1-9.
Tait said the December 15 clinics would be broken into three with one for players aged 10-13, another for 14-18 year-olds and a third for over 18s.
It is the second time in three years Dwyer and some of his Kookaburras have run clinics in Warrnambool, with their visit in December 2009 a hit with south-west hockey players.
“It’s great to get them back again,” Tait said.
“It had a huge effect last time. There was an upturn in playing numbers but an upturn in the way people thought about their hockey, how they played and their skills.
“They took on board advice and improved. It (the clinic) just encouraged them and helped them with their hockey because the three guys who came down were very approachable, very nice guys.”
Both Knowles and Dwyer were co-captains of Australia’s number one-ranked side which claimed bronze at the London Olympics.