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Blake Govers

Age

28

Place of Birth

Wollongong, Australia

Hometown

Wollongong, NSW

Junior Club

Uni of Wollongong, Albion Park HC

Senior Club

NSW Pride

Coach

Colin Batch

Olympic History

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

High School

St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park

Career Events

Hockey Men's 12-team Tournament

 

Blake's Story

Blake followed in his brother's footsteps (Kieran Govers, London 2012) and made his Olympic debut after only 12 months in the senior Australian squad. At 18 years of age Blake was the youngest member of the Rio 2016 men’s hockey squad.

Born and raised in Wollongong, he spent less than a year in the national development squad before being called up to the Olympic training squad. He made his international debut in May 2015 at the Hobart International Challenge, scoring a goal on debut.

Blake proved his potential in the senior ranks at the 2015 world league semi-final where he was crowned top scorer and best junior player. That world league semi-final was extra special as Kieran also scored alongside Blake.

 

They are the second pair of siblings to feature in the men’s national squad alongside Jeremy and Leon Hayward.

Blake was named in the 2015 world league final squad but unfortunately fractured his foot in the first game of the tournament against Belgium.

While Kieran missed out on making the Kookaburras squad for the Rio 2016 Games, Blake forged on and scored twice in a 9-0 win over Brazil.

After a post-Olympics break, Blake was back scoring for the Kookaburras in the October 2017 Oceania Cup.

Then in India two months later Blake, known for his excellent goal-to-game ratio, scored in four of the six World League final games as Australia went on to win the gold medal.

At Tokyo 2020 Blake was part of the silver medal-winning Kookaburras, who fought valiantly in the final and only just missed out on a gold medal in a heart-breaking penalty shootout against Belgium. Blake was the highest goal scorer for the Kookaburras at Tokyo 2020 with a total of seven goals.

 

 

In 2022, he played a key role as the Kookaburras won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, thrashing India 7-0 in the final. Blake scored his seventh goal of the tournament in the final.

It was an emphatic statement from a Kookaburras team that is near unstoppable when at the peak of their powers. The result continued the Kookaburras’ remarkable record of winning every Commonwealth Games gold medal since men’s hockey was introduced to the Games in 1998.

Blake scored six goals at the 2023 Hockey World Cup in India, where Australia lost 3-1 to the Netherlands in the bronze medal match.

 

 

The Kookaburras qualified for Paris when they ground out a 3-1 win over traditional rivals New Zealand to retain the Oceania Cup in Whangarei. 

Blake has been described as the player who can turn a game with his lethal scoring instinct. Former Kookaburras goalkeeper Tyler Lovell said of Blake: “He is a hard-nosed striker who hits the ball very, very hard. Blake’s natural strength and ability to time the ball so well … he doesn’t look like he puts much effort into hitting the ball, but they come at you fast.”

Away from the field, Blake is a real estate agent who loves classic cars and says he’d be a V8 supercar driver if he hadn’t chosen to play hockey.

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