Hockeyroos sick of being mistaken for Kookaburras at Rio Olympics
AUSTRALIA’S female hockey players say they are sick of being mistaken for men — and are ready to do something to educate the ignorant masses.
The Hockeyroos are Australia’s finest collection of female hockey players, while the world-conquering Kookaburras are the male version.
But commentators and journalists continue to mix up the nicknames as they follow the respective teams through their Rio campaigns.Australia's Georgie Parker in action for the Hockeyroos ... not the Kookaburras.
Forward Georgie Parker, a 27-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medallist, says the Hockeyroos are “getting kind of sick of it”.
In a Facebook post she demanded respect for Australia’s hockey stars, saying Australia’s Matildas soccer team would never be confused with the Socceroos.
Hockey Australia even went as far as producing a cheeky cheat sheet with the Hockeyroos’ mascot Flick and Kookaburras’ mascot Swoop.
The poster makes clear “This is Flick the Hockeyroos Mascot. Flick is also a woman”.
Parker posted that it was time for Australia’s journalists to start taking more care with Australia’s hockey teams.The Australian men’s hockey team is known as the Kookaburras.
“Hey journos, get it right. You seem to need all the help you can get so Hockey Australia have put together a little cheat sheet for you,’’ she said.
“We gave you grace when you mistook the Kookaburras for the Hockeyroos after the boys won the world cup 6-1.
“We had a little giggle when you said Jamie Dwyer was the best Hockeyroo of all time.
“We politely told Sunrise the world no. 1 Kookaburras were visiting some tourists sites in Rio, not the Hockeyroos.
“But we’re kinda getting sick of it. Hockey, as much as you Australian journalists and media outlets might think, is one of the biggest sports in the world.
“We deserve the basic respect for you to do your job correctly and to be recognised as the teams and athletes we are.
“Just imagine calling the Socceroos the Matildas.”
Australia’s Hockeyroos and Kookaburras have consistently battled for exposure and sponsorship, the Herald Sun revealing last month $10,000 gold medal bonus were in doubt over the collapse of a major sponsor.
Australia’s men have consistently fallen at the last Olympic hurdle but otherwise have dominated world hockey’s World Cups, Champions Leagues and world league finals.Georgie Parker, Brooke Peris and Mariah Williams celebrate a goal against India.
Ironically, the highest-profile Hockeyroo in Australia is Anna Flanagan, who is an alternate in Rio.
She was banned from two lead-up tournaments for covering up a drink-drive charge then couldn’t force her way back into the 16-woman squad.
Her issues drew more press coverage than any of the Hockeyroos’ lead-up tournaments, despite them entering the Olympics as the third-best nation in the world.