Kookaburras To Play World Number Four Dutch In WA
Hockey Australia (HA) and the McGowan Government today announces that Perth and Narrogin will host games in a four-match series between Australia and the Netherlands men’s national teams.
The matches have been made possible thanks to the support of the McGowan Government.
The State Government has provided funding through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ (DLGSC) Country Sport Enrichment Scheme and the Shire of Narrogin and Upper Great Southern Hockey Association have combined for the two matches to be played in Narrogin on 27 and 28 January.
The installation of a new synthetic hockey turf at the Narrogin Hockey Stadium last year was made possible in part through a State Government Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund’s contribution of $146,692.
Two matches will also be played at Perth Hockey Stadium on 1 and 3 February.
The series will be vital preparation for the Kookaburras ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.
The Kookaburras, who have won gold at all five Commonwealth Games when hockey has been contested, are currently ranked second in the world, while the Dutch are fourth.
HA Chief Executive Matt Favier said: “The four-match series against the Netherlands is a significant coup for the Kookaburras ahead of a big year where we’ll chase a sixth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on home soil and compete in the World Cup in India later in the year.
“We are delighted to be playing matches in Western Australia where our High Performance programme receives tremendous support and we thank the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for helping make this series happen.”
The Kookaburras played Great Britain in a three-match series in Perth and Narrogin last year.
Sport and Recreation Minister Hon Mick Murray said: “Narrogin is a powerhouse hockey region of Western Australia and through programs like the Country Sport Enrichment Program, sports fans in regional centres like this have the chance to experience world-class competition on their doorstep.
“Being able to bring these kinds of competitions to communities outside the metropolitan area allows players to watch their heroes in action and hopefully encourages others to take up playing the sport and getting active.”
Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, with the release date to be confirmed.