Great news for hockey fans unable to make it to Perth this month! ABC will broadcast the 2013 International Super Series Hockey 9s, taking its association with the innovative international tournament into a third year.
A combination of live match coverage and delayed highlights will be shown on free to air TV with hockey fans across Australia able to see the action on ABC 1 from 17-20 October and on iview for 14 days after each broadcast.
And there’s good news, too, for sports fans across the Asia Pacific region with the news that Australia Network will also broadcast the final two days of the International Super Series on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October.
Confirming the ABC’s partnership with the event, Justin Holdforth, Head of ABC TV Sport & Events said, ““The ABC looks forward to once again entertaining audiences both at home and throughout the Asia Pacific with this exciting form of the game. The Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras are two of Australia’s best sporting teams, full of dynamic, brilliant athletes. The ABC is proud to showcase their talents and looks forward to a continuing partnership with hockey as we head towards the World Cup next year.”
Cam Vale, Hockey Australia Chief Executive, said that the broadcast arrangement will further enhance hockey’s standing amongst Australian sports fans and provides yet another opportunity to attract new viewers to the sport. He said, “We know that high quality television coverage is pivotal to helping us to grow the profile of hockey in Australia and Australian hockey internationally. The ABC’s commitment to broadcasting this year’s International Super Series underlines, once again, that we have an outstanding sporting product that really appeals to viewers. The exciting, innovative nature of the Hockey 9s format allows us showcase hockey and our World Class athletes in a truly dynamic way and I would urge everyone to make sure they take the chance to see what the International Super Series is all about.”
ABC’s excellent coverage will be led by presenter Stephanie Brantz. Quentin Hull and Peter Wilkins will be joined in the commentary box by expert commentators Rechelle Hawkes and David Wansbrough and guest experts and interviewees from the world of hockey throughout the tournament.
Provisional Broadcast Schedule* – Australia
|Thursday 17 October
||23:30-00:30 AEDT / 20:30-21:30 AWST
||Day one highlights
|Friday 18 October
||23:15-00:15 AEDT / 20:15-21:15 AWST
||Day two highlights
|Saturday 19 October
||16:00-18:00 AEDT / 13:00-15:00 AWST
||Day three live
|Sunday 20 October
||15:30-18:00 AEDT / 12:30-15:00 AWST
||Finals day live
*All times and format (delay/live) subject to change.