Mark Knowles earns hockey player of the year award

KOOKABURRAS captain Mark Knowles has been recognised for his outstanding season by being named Australia's Player of the Year, and joint winner of the Player of the World Cup with Eddie Ockenden.

In a standout year that saw the Kookaburras win the World League Finals, the Azlan Shah Cup, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, coach Graham Reid said Knowles' (pictured) contribution had been unsurpassed.

"Not only has Mark been our best player for 2014 - he has also been an inspirational leader, and he has provided that leadership at a time when we needed it," Reid said. Casey Sablowski was named Player of the Year for the Hockeyroos, and shared the Player of the World Cup award with Anna Flanagan.

Chris Ciriello (25 goals) and Jodie Kenny (23) were recognised after being the leading goal-scorers for the men's and women's teams, respectively.