World Champions Argentina will join Australia’s Hockeyroos and Kookaburras at the top of the bill for hockey’s family friendly four day extravaganza, the International Super Series Hockey 9s, in Perth this October.
The women’s World Champs were one of five top teams announced as tickets went on sale today.
From 17-20 October, Perth Hockey Stadium will play host to some of the world’s top hockey superstars with Australia’s very own Kookaburras and Hockeyroos joined for the first time by Argentina’s women’s team, and the men’s teams of Pakistan and Malaysia.
Speaking at the event launch, which coincided with one year to go until the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Hockey Australia’s Interim Chief Executive Greg Hill said, “This is an incredible line-up for what is fast becoming a must-see fixture in the calendar. The International Super Series Hockey 9s has really captured the imagination of players and fans alike and we’re looking forward to a great atmosphere once again.
“This field represents three of the top 15 men’s teams in the world and with the Hockeyroos and Las Leonas both ranked in the top six, I am thrilled that, once again, Hockey Australia is bringing some of the world’s biggest hockey stars to Perth.”
Outlining a commitment to maintaining the event’s appeal to a broad audience, Hill added, “We’re determined to keep the event affordable for everyone and I’m pleased to say that we’ve actually reduced ticket prices this year. A family of five will be able to enjoy a great day at the hockey for just $50.”
Supplementing the world class action on the pitch, this year’s International Super Series Hockey 9s will provide something for every member of the family, including a Fans’ Fun Zone where younger visitors will be able to pick up a Hookin2Hockey stick and give the sport a go. There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet the stars of the show, Australia’s Olympic hockey heroes, and the chance to pose for a photo with the World Cup trophy ahead of the Kookaburras’ defence of their world title next year.
The innovative nature of the International Super Series Hockey 9s means that many of hockey’s most exhilarating elements are brought to the fore in its modified format:
• Nine players per side, instead of 11, makes for a faster, more open match
• Larger goals promise goals galore
• 20 minute halves provide the action in short, sharp, exciting bursts
• Fewer rules make easier for fans to follow
Thanks to a partnership between the Western Australian State Government through its events agency Eventscorp and Hockey Australia, Perth Hockey Stadium will once again host the event, which is now in its third year.
Eventscorp's Executive Director Gwyn Dolphin said the International Super Series Hockey 9s was an exciting addition to Western Australia's diverse events calendar and it would help further promote hockey throughout the State.
"This form of the game is very popular with spectators in WA and we are again in for a series of very exciting and competitive matches as the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras, who are currently ranked world number two and six respectively, take on some of the world's best players from Argentina, Malaysia and Pakistan," he said.
"The tournament will also provide great media exposure for Western Australia nationally and internationally."
Hockey Australia is also grateful to the Australian Sports Commission for its belief in the tournament’s concept dating back to 2011 and its underpinning financial support, as well as the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA) for its partnership activities around the event as part of the Be The Influence campaign.
The International Super Series will signal the start of a busy few months for Australia’s national hockey teams. Following the tournament the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos will compete against New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Samoa at the Oceania Cup (30 October – 3 November). The Hockeyroos head to Argentina for the World League Finals in November (30 November – 8 December) before the Kookaburras compete for the men’s World League crown in India in the New Year (10-18 January).
Tickets for the event go on sale at 12:00pm AWST today, Tuesday 23 July, with prices starting at $5 for juniors and concessions, and $15 for adults..
World rankings of competing nations
Men’s tournament: Australia (World ranking #2), Pakistan (#8), Malaysia (#13)
Women’s tournament: Argentina (World ranking #2), Australia (#6)