Hockeyroos To Play Japan In Adelaide
Hockey Australia today announces in conjunction with the South Australian Government that the Hockeyroos will play Japan in three matches in Adelaide from 15-18 November.
The two nations, who met at last year’s Rio Olympics, will play three Test matches at the State Hockey Centre in Gepps Cross on Wednesday 15 November, Thursday 16 November and Saturday 18 November thanks to the SA Government’s support.
The three Test series marks the first time international hockey will be played in Adelaide since 2009 when the Kookaburras faced Malaysia. It will be the first time the Hockeyroos have played in Adelaide since 2007 when they also took on Japan in a Test series.
Hockey Australia General Manager Ben Hartung said: “Hockey Australia is very appreciative of the great support that we have received from the SA Government and Hockey SA to enable us to bring international hockey back to Adelaide.
“We are thrilled to be able to showcase the Hockeyroos against Japan at the State Hockey Centre.
“We know that the South Australian hockey community will come out in force to support the Hockeyroos and we also want hockey supporters to bring along a friend who can experience the skill, speed and excitement of hockey.
“We want to grow our fan base and get as many people as possible to watch hockey and support our national teams.”
SA Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said: “The Hockeyroos are one of the best known women’s sports teams in the world and it’s fantastic to welcome such talented athletes and their international rivals to South Australia.
“After such a long break, it's terrific to have international-level hockey back in South Australia and I'd like to thank Hockey Australia for choosing Adelaide as the venue for this exciting tournament.
“No doubt our government's investment of $2.5 million for a second pitch at the State Hockey Centre has made South Australia a top contender for international matches.
“We have home-grown super stars in the Hockeyroos team, which will make these matches all the more special and I know the local community will come out in droves to show their support.
“These matches will also attract international and interstate visitors to South Australia, providing a welcome economic injection and showcasing the State as a proud sporting destination.”
Hockey SA General Manager Katrina Ranford said: “With the assistance of the SA Government, Hockey SA will bring international hockey back to Adelaide.
“Whether you’re a long time hockey fan or this is your first hockey experience, you are guaranteed to go home satisfied.
“We are super excited to see our home grown Hockeyroos play under lights at the State Hockey Centre, the home of hockey in South Australia.”
The matches come after the Hockeyroos compete at the Oceania Cup in October and International Festival of Hockey in November, ahead of a bumper 2018 which includes the Commonwealth Games and World Cup.
Australia Women’s Head Coach Paul Gaudoin said: “It’s great to secure three more fixtures for the Hockeyroos following the International Festival of Hockey in November against a very competitive Japan side who currently are ranked just outside the top 10.
“These fixtures will be important for us as we continue to explore our playing group ahead of a huge 2018 where we will compete in the Commonwealth Games and World Cup.”
Japan Women’s Head Coach Anthony Farry said: “The three Test series against the Hockeyroos represents ongoing opportunity for us to test where we are against one of the world’s best teams.
“As we continue to expand our player base in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup, this series enables us to expose more athletes to senior international hockey which is vitally important for our program and our long term sustained success.”
Adult game tickets are available from $12.50 or $25 for a series pass. Entry is free for children under 15 years accompanied by an adult.
Australia v Japan Series
Wednesday 15 November 7pm ACDT, SA State Hockey Centre
Thursday 16 November 7pm ACDT, SA State Hockey Centre
Saturday 18 November 2pm ACDT, SA State Hockey Centre