Western Australia to give Kookaburras Olympic send-off

Western Australia to give Kookaburras Olympic send-off

Hockey Series to be held in WA

Author: Holly MacNeil/Tuesday, 12 April 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia News

 Australia’s men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, will host international rivals Great Britain in a ‘must see’ three match series in Western Australia this May as both teams undertake final preparations for the Olympic Games. 

Beginning with two matches in Narrogin – Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May – and concluding in Perth on Tuesday 24 May, the series offers the chance to see the world number one Kookaburras up close just over 70 days before the Games begin, and in their last game to be played in Australia prior to Rio.

Chief Executive of Hockey Australia, Cam Vale said: “To have the opportunity to play against Great Britain in Narrogin and Perth is a great coup for the local community; the games between these two Olympic medal contenders are sure to be exciting.

“We’ve said previously we’re committed to taking our national teams to regional areas. It’s fantastic to be able to play two official tests in a town like Narrogin, which has such a strong hockey history and is home to the likes of heroes from our sport such as Bevan George and Brian Glencross. 

“It’s been 18 months since the Kookaburras played official test matches in Perth and we know how strong the support for the team is there, too. I have no doubt the local community will get right behind the team, their last chance to cheer them on before Rio 2016.” 

The two events held in Narrogin will also host a number of exciting additions including an open hockey clinic for juniors which will be led by the Kookaburras, a ‘coach the coaches’ session led by the Kookaburras’ coaches for local coaches, and two open training sessions which the town can attend. 

These events have been planned to provide a lasting legacy of hockey in the town, in the hope of encouraging more members of the local community to become engaged with an active lifestyle and to get excitement about hockey to a peak.  

“It’s fantastic to see international hockey will be played in the Wheatbelt. We are extremely excited to welcome the Kookaburras and the Great Britain squad to Narrogin,” said Leigh Ballard, Mayor of the Town of Narrogin.

“It will be great to see the teams playing in the home town of Bevan George, the Kookaburras’ only Olympic gold medal captain. To additionally see such tremendous support from local businesses investing in the economic development within their own town is terrific."

Upper Great Southern Hockey Association President, Mark Regan commented: “The Upper Great Southern Hockey Association has worked hard to develop a facility of the standard that Hockey Australia deems suitable to host international matches, and we are so proud and excited that Hockey Australia has acknowledged that with this series being held here in regional WA. It is a great day for our great sport and a great day for the town of Narrogin and the surrounding Upper Great Southern district.”

Hockey Australia acknowledges the support of the Town of Narrogin, the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association, Hockey WA, and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Commercial sponsorship opportunities still exist to support the series, for more information contact shane.tonkin@hockey.org.au