Mark Knowles – Field Hockey Captain for Australia


“The hockey field is perfect…”greenfields

Mark Knowles, Team Captain for Australia, said the Hockey Field at GreenFields stadium was perfect:

“Its amazing. Obviously just walking into the stadium and seeing what an amazing venue it is. Seeing the friendly people from my time at Rotterdam. Coming here playing our first match today was great.”

“I really like the hockey field. It plays very well. It’s nice underfoot. The ball plays nice and smooth. The boys are really enjoying it. Obviously we want to keep improving on the field. Getting used to the floodlights and other things was a different challenge for us tonight.”

“Our first impressions? The field is perfect.”

“I think always we come into every tournament wanting to win. We are the number one ranked team in world and I think being the reigning champions its a nice event to come back to and try to defend our title. Of course we come to the tournament wanting to win and theres a lot of other teams wanting the same thing. I suppose for us its about playing consistently at a high level match after match.”

“The most important is the speed of the field. It’s obviously got to be nice and soft underfoot but must run fast. I think that’s the nicest thing about this field. It is quite spongy but the ball rolls very nice and smooth. This is our second training session and second time on the field and so far the boys really enjoy it. It’s different playing in such a large venue. We are not used to having the crowd at such a distance away so the noise is different and all those things that are so exciting about coming to an amazing hockey stadium like this.”

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