North­ern ex­po­sure

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL HOCKEY COMES TO TOWN

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

THE north­ern sub­urbs are set to get their first taste of in­ter­na­tional hockey when Australia takes on Spain this month.

War­wick Hockey Cen­tre will host two matches – at 6.30pm on January 18 and 21 – as part of a five-match se­ries be­tween the two coun­tries. The women’s se­ries is an op­por­tu­nity for the Hock­ey­roos to fine-tune prepa­ra­tions for the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games in April, where they are chas­ing a fourth con­sec­u­tive gold medal.

This will be the first ma­jor event to take place at War­wick Hockey Cen­tre since the $6.3 mil­lion fa­cil­ity was opened last year, fea­tur­ing a blue syn­thetic hockey pitch of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Jacob said it was an honour for the City to host one of Australia’s most suc­cess­ful sport­ing teams.

“As three-time Olympic gold medal­lists, as well as mul­ti­ple World Cup and Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pi­ons, the Hock­ey­roos are a pow­er­ful sport­ing brand and we are look­ing forward to see­ing them light up the War­wick Hockey Cen­tre,” he said.

Hockey Australia chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Favier said the Hock­ey­roos had “long re­ceived great sup­port from the WA pub­lic” and it was ex­cit­ing to be play­ing at the new fa­cil­ity.

“The Hock­ey­roos have played in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bendigo and Ade­laide in the past three months and the op­por­tu­nity to play in Perth’s north­ern cor­ri­dor helps spread the game to new mar­kets,” he said.

“With a home Com­mon­wealth Games around the cor­ner, we’re ex­pect­ing strong sup­port dur­ing the matches.”

Whit­ford Hockey Club pres­i­dent Len Col­lier said it would be a “fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for play­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic in the north­ern sub­urbs to see top class in­ter­na­tional hockey at a lo­cal venue”.

“Host­ing these two fix­tures is also a great re­ward for our club mem­bers who have worked hard over a num­ber of years con­tribut­ing and rais­ing funds to­wards re­al­is­ing our am­bi­tion of hav­ing our own fa­cil­ity at War­wick,” he said.

Tick­ets are $10 and $5 con­ces­sion at www.hockey.org.au/ 2018tests.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Whit­ford Hockey Club’s Richard Bose­ley, Hock­ey­roo Kath­eryn Slat­tery and Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Jacob. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478050

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