After making debut, called up for FIH Men’s World League Final

From making his debut against New Zealand to being part of the Australian side that claimed this year’s International Festival of Hockey title, it’s been an unforgettable past few weeks for former South West Academy of Sport athlete turned Kookaburras player Jake Harvie.

And the memorable moments continue to build for the teenager who is in India after being called up to be part of the Australian squad contesting the FIH Men’s World League Final in Bhubaneswar.

The Ferguson Valley-raised sporting hero’s journey with the Kookaburras began when he made his debut against New Zealand in Bendigo earlier this month alongside fellow newcomers Tim Howard and Corey Weyer and “really, really enjoyed every minute of it.”

“It was a pretty special day for the three of us,” Harvie said.

“I don’t think we’ll be forgetting that any time soon.”

Not only did Harvie enjoy support from Kookaburras players and coaches, but Harvie also had two important people in the crowd cheering him on.

“Mum and dad got to see the first game which is awesome,” he said.

“That was really cool to be able to share that with them and have it in Australia so they were able to come over and see it.”

The defender, who made six appearances for the Kookaburas during the festival, will get a chance to grow his time on the turf with the Australian men’s side over the next couple of weeks during the FIH Men’s World League Final.

The tournament runs from Friday December 1 to Sunday December 10, with Australia to go head-to-head with India on day one.


Photo: Grant Treeby