BOTH the men’s and women’s Australian hockey teams enter Rio among the world’s best and with realistic gold medal ambitions.

The men’s side, the Kookaburras, are the reigning world champions and favourites to walk away with gold.

The women’s team, the Hockeyroos, won silver at the 2014 World Cup, and are shooting for a seventh successive Olympic medal.

The 16-man hockey team who will take to the field at the Rio 2016 Games. Photo: Daniel Wilkins.The 16-man hockey team who will take to the field at the Rio 2016 Games. Photo: Daniel Wilkins.Source: News Corp Australia

WHERE AND WHEN IS IT 

Every hockey game during the 2016 Rio Olympics will be played at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Deodoro, Brazil.

The Kookaburras have been drawn in Pool A, facing Great Britain, Belgium, New Zealand, Spain, and Brazil in the group stages.

WHAT TIME IS ON IN AUSTRALIA?

All times and dates AEST

Kookaburras

Sunday, August 7th: Kookaburras vs New Zealand @ 2:30am

Monday, August 8th: Kookaburras vs Spain @ 9:30am

Wednesday, August 10th: Kookaburras vs Belgium @ 9:30am

Thursday, August 11th: Kookaburras vs Great Britain @ 9:30am

Saturday, August 13th: Kookaburras vs Brazil @ 9:30am

Hockeyroos

Sunday, August 7th: Hockeyroos vs Great Britain @ 9:30am

Monday, August 8th: Hockeyroos vs USA @ 11pm

Thursday, August 11th: Hockeyroos vs India @ 12am

Friday, August 12th: Hockeyroos vs Argentina @ 7am

Sunday, August 14th: Hockeyroos vs Japan @ 8:30am

For the first time in Olympic history, a quarter-finals round will be played in the hockey competition, with the top four teams from each pool advancing to those knockout games.

Quarter-final winners progress to the semis and guarantee themselves a medal match. Men’s medal games are on Friday, August 19th and the women’s on Saturday, August 20.

Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch and some of her teammates Renee Taylor, Emily Smith, Georgia Nanscawen, Rachael Lynch, Laura Barden, Jocelyn Bartram and Madonna Blyth.Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch and some of her teammates Renee Taylor, Emily Smith, Georgia Nanscawen, Rachael Lynch, Laura Barden, Jocelyn Bartram and Madonna Blyth.Source: News Corp Australia