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The Help Side

Welcome to the podcast, The Help Side, where current Australian player Tom Craig speaks to some of the most recognisable names in world hockey.

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Tales From Tokyo - Tom Wickham

#TheHelpSide #TalesFromTokyo This is The Help Side – we’re back showcasing the stories of some of the biggest names in hockey and we’re stoked you’re here to enjoy the ride with us!Over the next little while, we’re going to be sprinkling in some special Tales from Tokyo episodes with familiar guests who we’ve spoken to before to hear about the highs and lows of their Tokyo 2020 Olympic experience while it’s still fresh in their memory, to hopefully bring you an insight into what it’s really like to be competing at the pinnacle of hockey and how the experience is a little different for everyone.Today’s episode is the epilogue of a story we’ve heard before back in Episode 20 with Tom Wickham. Despite losing the Gold Medal Match to Belgium in a shootout, TJ’s Olympic Campaign was a memorable one, finishing as the only non-drag-flicker in the top 5 goalscorers for the tournament. This coming after he initially missed selection. In this short episode, you’ll hear about the lead into the Olympics, the key to his goalscoring success and what’s next for the Kookaburras striker. Enjoy.

29mins

15 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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21. The Help Side - Jamie Dwyer - Part A

Now for the next hour and a half, you’re in for a treat, and we’re very excited to announce our final guest of 2020 to be one of the greatest to ever hold a stick, Jame Dwyer. Reading through Jamie’s list of achievements, both personally and with the Kookaburras is, to be honest, a fatiguing exercise and would take up a substantially greater portion of our time budget than we’re happy with, so, among a very long list of other achievements, Jamie is a 5x World Player of the Year, former Young Player of the Year, has won every major and minor international competition you can think of at least once, been to 4 Olympics, is the second most capped Australian hockey player in history with 365 and the leading goalscorer with 243, which is more than 50 goals more than the next highest. Indeed, there aren’t many candidates that can be universally agreed on to be in the conversation for the greatest hockey player of all time, but Jamie Dwyer is undoubtedly one of them.  It’s easy to look at his achievements and think that things came easy to someone as magnificently talented as Jamie, but that is frankly just not the case. For example, Jamie was 25 years old and at his first Olympic Games when he rocketed to fame with a wider audience with his Gold Medal winning goal vs the Dutch in extra time of the 2004 Athens Olympic games. Before that, there is a cracking story to be heard about how this kid from country Queensland became an Aussie icon.  Over the next two episodes, we cover a lot. From his journey to crack the team, to how he became the best player in the world, overcoming major injuries, to dealing with team dynamics, to a blow by blow of that goal in Athens and how to deal with pressure, to his take on crafting the ultimate team, to retirement, to running a successful business and finally to where he thinks the sport of hockey needs to go in Australia, I can assure you that it’s all gold and you won’t want to miss a second. So, let’s go. Here it is, The Help Side with the great man that is, Jamie Dwyer. Merry Christmas.

57mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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21. The Help Side - Jamie Dwyer - Part B

Welcome to Part B of our two-part The Help Side chat with Jamie Dwyer. Part B begins with a blow by blow description of THAT goal in Athens that secured Olympic Gold for the Kookaburras and how Jamie dealt with pressure. Jamie then gives us his take on crafting the ultimate team, retirement, running a successful business and finally to where he thinks the sport of hockey needs to go in Australia, I can assure you that it’s all gold and you won’t want to miss a second. So, let’s go. Here it is, the Help Side with the great man that is, Jamie Dwyer.

52mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #3

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20. The Help Side - Tom Wickham - Part B

#TheHelpSide welcome back to Part B of this two-part Help Side episode with Tom Wickham. So far, TJ has taken us through the early part of his mission to play for the Kookaburras, from Alice Springs to country South Australia to Adelaide and finally to Perth. This next part is about TJ’s non-linear journey to where he is today, with over 50 games for Australia, a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal and his newfound role in the Kookaburras. Despite his achievements to date, there was a long hiatus between donning the green and gold for the 1st time in 2013, and his first selection in the national squad in 2017. This is a story about resilience, determination and unwavering focus. Enjoy.

53mins

3 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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20. The Help Side - Tom Wickham - Part A

#TheHelpSide Our guest this week is current Kookaburra Squad member, Tom Wickham. The Help Side sat down with TJ at his home in Perth over an expertly made cup of coffee, and we chewed the fat for an hour and a half or so about his journey from outback Australia to the bright lights of international hockey. What you’re about to hear is the narrative of Tom’s life and all the twists and turns which have taken him to be a regular fixture in the Kookaburras.  In TJ’s own words, at a dozen different stages in his life, his path could have taken him a very different way, and hockey has been the constant that’s kept him on the path towards achieving his dreams. Tom talks about his unfaltering dedication to his ‘mission’ and the highs and lows of the journey towards sporting excellence. TJ’s journey is anything but smooth, and if you’re after a story of utter resilience and determination, this is for you. Please enjoy The Help Side of, Tom Wickham.

49mins

3 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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19. The Help Side - Tristan White - Part B

#TheHelpSide This Week we’re speaking to former Kookaburra, Tristan White. Tristan, or T-Dubs, is without a doubt one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever played with or against. In this interview, he speaks about his ambition to be a player you hated to play against but loved to have on your team and I can definitively say that that is exactly how I would describe him. Hailing from country New South Wales, Tristan debuted for Australia in 2011 and by the time he retired in 2018 he notched up 102 caps for the Kookaburras.  In this episode, Tristan breaks down the rollercoaster that was the 2016 Olympic cycle. He was originally selected in the Rio Olympic team, only to have his opportunity ripped away from him in the cruellest of circumstances and he speaks openly about the incident and the fallout. Tristan’s story is a different perspective on how playing for your country might look and the way he approaches the game from a mental side of things is truly fascinating and well worth remembering. Here’s The Help Side of Tristan White.

41mins

4 Nov 2020

Rank #6

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19. The Help Side - Tristan White - Part A

#TheHelpSide This Week we’re speaking to former Kookaburra, Tristan White. Tristan, or T-Dubs, is without a doubt one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever played with or against. In this interview, he speaks about his ambition to be a player you hated to play against but loved to have on your team and I can definitively say that that is exactly how I would describe him. Hailing from country New South Wales, Tristan debuted for Australia in 2011 and by the time he retired in 2018 he notched up 102 caps for the Kookaburras.  Unlike many who wear the green and gold of Australia, T-Dubs chose not to live in the Perth training environment and instead chose to continue to live on the east coast of Australia in order to pursue both his career as a mortgage broker and his hockey. Things haven’t always been easy for T-Dubs, indeed in 2016 he was selected in the Rio Olympic team, only to have his opportunity ripped away from him in the cruellest of circumstances and he speaks openly about the incident and the fallout. Tristan’s story is a different perspective on how playing for your country might look and the way he approaches the game from a mental side of things is truly fascinating and well worth remembering. Here’s The Help Side of Tristan White.

43mins

4 Nov 2020

Rank #7

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18. The Help Side - Nathan Eglington - Part B

#TheHelpSide Our guest this week is former Kookaburra and ex Kookaburra Assistant Coach Nathan Eglington. ‘Eggy’, as he’s known, has an incredibly unique story built on equal parts success and hardship. Before being forced into retirement at just 27 after suffering a horrific injury on the training pitch, Eg amassed 140 games, 50 goals and an Olympic Gold medal. Known as one of the most damaging ball runners to ever play for the Kookaburras. But as Eggy will tell you, what he achieved on the hockey pitch takes rather a back seat compared to some of the things he’s overcome and managed throughout his life.  In this episode, Part B, Eglington talks through his horrific injury that led to retirement, being a Guinness world record holder and life as a father to a very special family. Please enjoy the Help Side of Nathan Eglington.

1hr 8mins

21 Oct 2020

Rank #8

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18. The Help Side - Nathan Eglington - Part A

#TheHelpSide Our guest this week is former Kookaburra and ex Kookaburra Assistant Coach Nathan Eglington. ‘Eggy’, as he’s known, has an incredibly unique story built on equal parts success and hardship. Before being forced into retirement at just 27 after suffering a horrific injury on the training pitch, Eg amassed 140 games, 50 goals and an Olympic Gold medal. Known as one of the most damaging ball runners to ever play for the Kookaburras. But as Eggy will tell you, what he achieved on the hockey pitch takes rather a back seat compared to some of the things he’s overcome and managed throughout his life.  Over the next two episodes, Eglington takes us on a journey. From the pain of losing his mother as a child to the Athens Gold, Olympic Village shenanigans, being a Guinness world record holder and life as a father to a very special family, Eg interweaves some absolutely cracking stories into his yarn that had me in stitches and by the end, I’m sure you’ll agree that this one has everything. Please enjoy The Help Side of Nathan Eglington.

56mins

21 Oct 2020

Rank #9

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17. The Help Side - SPECIAL EDITION - John Eales

#TheHelpSide This week we’ve got our first ‘Special Edition’ as our interviewee is not actually a hockey player. That being said, listeners of the show will know that he’s already been a fixture of the Help Side, and it seemed fitting that we get John Eales on the show to give us his side of the story Mick McCann told about that night after the Kookaburra’s gold medal win in Athens.  Without any shadow of an overstatement, John Eales can rightly be called one of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes. Between 1991 and 2001, John represented Australia’s Rugby Union team, the Wallabies, in 86 test matches, and was captain for 55 of those. He went to three World Cups, and in winning two of those, John played a role in establishing the Wallabies of the 90s as one of Australia’s most successful sporting teams and has become known as one of Australia’s most successful sporting captains, ever.  I was lucky enough to sit down with John over a cup of tea and a coffee and discuss some of the highs and lows of his sporting career, and what it took to elevate that Wallabies team to legend status. In this interview, you’ll hear John’s account of his dealings with hockey over the years, as well as a slightly different perspective of the Games, that of an Olympic Athlete Liason Officer.  With trademark humility, John talks about dealing with pressure as both an athlete and a captain, and what separates the great teams from the good. Finally, having been involved with rugby during the transitional period from amateur to professional, we discuss some of the challenges that brings, and where hockey might learn from the experiences of rugby union, should follow similarly down that path. This is the Help Side of John Eales AM, enjoy

1hr

1 Oct 2020

Rank #10