Kookaburras co-captain Jamie Dwyer has no concern about heading to India for the Commonwealth Games as the men’s hockey team looks to continue their tremendous winning run.
The Kookaburras were in India early this year to win the World Cup in New Delhi, Dwyer believing there were more reasons to be concerned then than there are now.
“I’m entirely comfortable about going,” said Dwyer, who’ll head to Delhi on Wednesday with the team.
“I’ve never had a concern about going this time to India. I’ve been there three or four times before and we were lucky enough to be there in March for the World Cup.
“When you go to those countries you have to be vigilant in what you eat and drink, and you just have to be a bit more careful than back here in Australia, but I’m very comfortable with what I will be eating and drinking, and where I’ll be sleeping.”
This year alone the Kookaburras have won the World Cup and the recent Champions Trophy in Germany on top of winning last December’s Champions Trophy in Melbourne.
But Dwyer wants a win in Delhi to use as another building block towards London in 2012.
“We’ve had a really good 20 months under (coach) Ric (Charlesworth) and this is the last major tournament before we have to start concentrating on London,” Dwyer said.
“We really want to put in a good performance, bring home a gold medal and that would cap off a great two years.”
“We want to build a dynasty like the girls had in the 90s and it’s going to be very hard and it’s a challenge, but we don’t feel extra pressure because we’re winning. We like winning and want to keep winning.”
While the Kookaburras head into the Commonwealth Games as raging favourites, Dwyer insists there will be no complacency.
“I want to win at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games – that’s my two main team goals,” he said.
“Individually I want to keep improving because hockey keeps improving. I’ll be playing a lot of different positions and that will be a challenge, but I am looking forward to it.”