Kookaburras Return To Darwin For First Time In 9 Years

Kookaburras Return To Darwin For First Time In 9 Years

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Kookaburras Make Long Awaited Return To The Top End

Victor P Taffa

Australian Kookaburras are set to play in Darwin for the first time in 9 years when they take on Pakistan at Marrara Hockey Centre.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss was today joined by one of Darwin’s favourite sons, Jeremy Hayward, to promote the upcoming four-match series beginning tomorrow.

“It is very exciting to have Jeremy and the rest of the Australian and Pakistan teams here in Darwin for what will be a great tournament.” Minister Moss said.

“Territorians trust this government to bring world-class sport to the region, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

“Not only is this tournament a rare opportunity for Territorians to watch the world number one ranked Kookaburras in their own backyard, it also allows us to promote the Territory as a tourist destination.” Minister Moss said.

There will be a special start to the tournament, with schools offered free entry to attend the opening match.

Hockey NT Executive Officer Ian Harkness said it would provide a safe and fun environment for Territory kids to watch their heroes in action.

“The aim of the schools day is to open the Test matches to as many people as possible.” Mr. Harkness said.

“This is a great initiative to allow young people to watch top-level hockey, see their role models in action and be encouraged to participate in the sport themselves.”

Kookaburras star, Jeremy Hayward said it was a pleasure to get home to Darwin to contest the International Hockey Open.

“We’re looking forward to getting out on the pitch and playing some world-class hockey for Darwin, Pakistan is top quality opponent and it should be a great matchup.” Mr. Hayward said.

“For me, it’s a rare opportunity to play in front of my family and friends, something I’m really looking forward to.”