Kiel Brown in action for Australia.
Kiel Brown in action for Australia. Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Kookaburra Brown wants one last crack at Olympics

At 32, Kookaburras veteran Kiel Brown knows he is nearer the end of his international career than the start.

But the Queenslander, who also works as a psychologist at Wesley College in Perth, said he would not consider his hockey future until after the coming Champions Trophy and Rio Olympics.

"When things get a little quieter I'll sit down with my wife and we'll chat about the future," Brown told Australian Regional Media.

In the meantime, he will go full tilt to try to convince national coach Graham Reid to stick with him for Rio.

And after missing last month's Azlan Shah Cup triumph in Malaysia for the birth of he and wife Jessica's second son, Finn, not to mention recovering from a broken finger, he plans to make up for lost time in the three-Test series against Great Britain starting in Narrogin in country Western Australia today.

"I'm really looking forward to facing Great Britain. They will be good opposition," Brown said. "It'll be my first time playing for Australia this year and it'll be great to be back in the green and gold."

While the Azlan Shah success was Australia's ninth in the tournament, Brown said the Kookaburras were determined to improve on their third-placed efforts in the last Champions Trophy and Olympic Games.

"We always go into tournaments with ambitions of winning gold," he said.

Brown also said an insight into the Kookaburras' high standards was made clear after their win over Belgium in the final of the World League tournament in India last December.

After the win, the coach said he was disappointed his team picked up a few yellow and green cards for disciplinary reasons.

"We want our coach to never be satisfied. It would be disappointing if he came out and said 'I'm happy with the performance and there's nothing else they can do'," Brown said.

The Kookaburras' three matches against Great Britain - today, tomorrow and Tuesday - will be streamed live via Epicentre.tv.



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