Anger and joy as Test is a sell-out

The Hockey Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Bright

HOCKEY fans vented their frus­tra­tion af­ter the women’s Test match be­tween Eng­land and the Nether­lands in June sold out in record time at the week­end.

Eng­land Hockey had orig­i­nally re­leased pri­or­ity pre-sale tick­ets last Tues­day but de­mand out­stripped sup­ply and left few seats avail­able for gen­eral re­lease on Sun­day.

The na­tional gov­ern­ing body said that tick­ets for the ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated clash sold out within an hour of the fi­nal batch be­ing re­leased to the gen­eral pub­lic, of which they said that a “large pro­por­tion” were made avail­able.

How­ever, sev­eral fans told The Hockey Pa­per that they could not pur­chase tick­ets at all when they logged on­line on Sun­day morn­ing.

Abi Gro­cutt tweeted: “I was on­line to get tick­ets at 9:50. 1hr 30mins of con­stant re­fresh­ing and no tick­ets avail­able and even tried phone­line. #gut­ted.”

Cathie Lally, of Wy­ch­wood Badgers HC, said: “We were in the queue, got 14 tick­ets, turned away for a minute and they were gone! Un­able to get any af­ter. Very dis­ap­pointed.”

Staff at Kings­bury School in Som­er­set ad­mit­ted that they couldn’t buy tick­ets “de­spite a mul­ti­pronged ap­proach at 10am pre­cisely”, while New For­est HC said that no tick­ets were left by 10:05, with “some very dis­ap­pointed mi­nis”.

But there were plenty of suc­cess­ful pun­ters, in­clud­ing Nor­wich Dragons ladies 8s. “Got our tick­ets and can’t wait,” the club tweeted.

Eng­land Hockey ad­mit­ted in a re­lease on Mon­day that they “saw de­mand for tick­ets which we’ve rarely seen be­fore.

“There is a pri­or­ity ac­cess win­dow for a limit- ed num­ber of tick­ets which re­wards past in­ter­na­tional event pur­chasers – who are in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to us.”

Ac­cord­ing to Eng­land Hockey, a pri­or­ity ac­cess sys­tem will be im­ple­mented for World Cup 2018 tick­ets which will go on sale “soon”.

The state­ment added: “This is a bril­liant time for our sport and while some peo­ple have been left dis­ap­pointed in this in­stance, it is fan­tas­tic to see such in­ter­est and we’ll do all we can to em­brace this as hockey con­tin­ues on an up­ward curve.” Sub­scribe to Eng­land Hockey’s ‘Tick­ets’ news­let­ter at www.eng­land­hockey. co.uk/news­let­ters for event and fix­ture up­dates.

Crowded house: Many Eng­land hockey fans were un­able to get tick­ets for the clash with Hol­land

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