Kookaburras get fixture win
AUSTRALIA has scored an early Olympic victory after convincing hockey's world governing body to change the men's fixture and give the Kookaburras a fairer draw.
Relentless lobbying by the Australian Olympic Committee and Hockey Australia over the past month followed the outrage of national coach Ric Charlesworth when the London schedule was first released.
The world No. 1 Australian team was initially facing three 5am starts during a six-match round robin before finals, but The Age learnt last night that one early start has been changed.
It's understood the manner in which Hockey Australia, the AOC and Charlesworth insisted the first schedule be rectified, after it was released on May 23, has not made the parties popular in hockey's international governing ranks. However the Australian camps were last night satisfied that the fight was worth it after forcing the change that Hockey Australia is set to announce today.
The revised schedule has handed Holland and Korea an early start on August 7 - the final day of competition before the finals - while Australia's match against Pakistan has been changed to a 10.45am start.