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George Bazeley (born 19 January 1984, in Echuca, Victoria[1]) is an Australian field hockey player. He plays the position of goalkeeper. Bazeley is a member of The Kookaburras, the Australia men's national field hockey team. He represents the Victorian Vikings in the Australian Hockey League domestic competition and Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League. He made his international debut in the Australian national team in January 2009 against theNetherlands. He won a gold medal at the 2010 FIH World Cup in DelhiIndia. He won 3 consecutive gold medals at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 FIH Hockey Champions Trophy tournaments. He is a member of 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national squad and is trying to secure a spot on the team so he can represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Personal[edit]Edit

Bazeley was born on 19 January 1984 in Echuca, Victoria.[1] He graduated University High School, Melbourne in 2001. Bazeley resides in PerthAustralia in order to spend more time with the national team.[2] One of his hobbies is playing golf.[1]

Field Hockey[edit]Edit

Bazeley is a goalkeeper.[3] He started playing the sport when he was five years old in Echuca, Victoria.[2] He played junior hockey for the Essendon Hockey Club in Melbourne. In 2009, he was recovering from a knee injury that required surgery.[2]

Teams[edit]Edit

Bazeley plays club hockey for the Hawthorn Hockey Club in Melbourne and the Victoria Park Hockey Club in Perth.[3] He was in goal for the team in a May 2011 match in the Victorian State League 1 competition game against Altona when his side lost 2-1.[3] In 2010/11 he played professional hockey in the Dutch hoofdklasse competition for TMHC Tilburg.

National Team[edit]Edit

Bazeley gained the attention of the national team after a coaching change that brought Ric Charlesworth in.[2] He made his debut for The Kookaburras in January 2009.[2] He earned a gold medal at the Men's Hockey Champions Trophy.[1][4] He was a member of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[5] He started in the first game,[5] but did not play in other matches at the Games because the team's coach choseNathan Burgers instead.[5][6] Prior to the Commonwealth Games, the coach Ric Charlesworth made getting selection an active competition between Bazeley, Burgers and Stephen Lambert.[5] In May 2011, he was with the team in Perth where they were training.[3] In May 2011, he played in the Azlan Shah Cup for Australia. The Cup featured teams from Pakistan, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Britain and New Zealand.[7] In December 2011, he was named as one of twenty-eight players to be on the 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national training squad.[8][9][10][11][12] This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[8] In February during the training camp, he played in a four nations test series with the teams being the Kookaburras, Australia A Squad, the Netherlands and Argentina.

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