Adelaide To Host 3 Match International Women’s Hockey Test Series

Adelaide To Host 3 Match International Women’s Hockey Test Series

South Australia Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell

Hockeyroos Take To The Field In Adelaide For International Series

Victor P Taffa

Adelaide will host 3 international women’s hockey test matches between the Hockeyroos and Japan this year.

“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.” Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said.

3 matches will take place at the State Hockey Centre, Main North Road, Gepps Cross on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 7 pm
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 2 pm

“We’re thrilled to see our home grown Hockeyroos wearing the green and gold under lights at the State Hockey Centre, the home of hockey in South Australia.” Hockey SA General Manager Katrina Ranford said.

Both teams are currently gearing up to compete in the next Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

2 South Australians help make up the current Hockeyroos squad:

  • Jane Claxton (Burnside),
  • Karri McMahon (Riverland).

This is an excellent opportunity for not only the hockey community but all South Australians to see international hockey here in Adelaide.” Hockey SA President James Blackburn said.

While teammate Gabi Nance, originally from New South Wales, went through the South Australia selection process.

Background

Hockeyroos played Japan in Adelaide 10 years ago, in July 2007. The last international hockey match hosted in Adelaide was a men’s international game between the Kookaburras and Malaysia in 2009.

In 2014 South Australia hosted the men’s Australian Hockey League, attracting more than 6,000 spectators across 6 days.

Australian womens team is ranked number 5 in the world by the Women’s International Hockey Federation (FIH), while Japan is ranked number 11.

State Government has provided an additional $96 Million into sport and recreation across the State to boost the health and wellbeing of South Australians, on top of regular grant programs. This included $500,000 to the Port Adelaide and Districts Hockey Club as part of the $24 Million Female Friendly Change Facilities initiative.