Hockey: Perth ready to host Australian Hockey League

Hockey: Perth ready to host Australian Hockey League
Hockey: Perth ready to host Australian Hockey League

THIS week, some of the world’s best athletes will be in Perth for the start of the Australian Hockey League 2016 (AHL) tournament.

As the country’s premier domestic hockey tournament, the AHL features a wide range of top class athletes including players from the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos.

With the addition of international teams from India, Malaysia and New Zealand, competition will be fierce as the sides take to the field.

This year is also the first time in AHL history that both men and women’s competitions will take place at the same venue.

The Under-13s National Championships will also run alongside the 2016 AHL tournament, giving young athletes the chance to play on the same turf as their hockey heroes.

Hockey WA chief executive Peter Churack said the tournament would be big for the state.

“This year’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) in Perth will undoubtedly go down in history as the biggest and best event in the tournament’s history,” he said.

“A fantastic family-friendly event, this year’s AHL will give Hockey WA the perfect opportunity to grow the game of hockey throughout the state and showcase our fantastic athletes, outstanding facilities and progressive programs on the international stage.

“It also provides Hockey WA with the perfect opportunity to grow the game of hockey throughout Western Australia and showcase our fantastic athletes, outstanding facilities, and progressive programs on the international stage.

“With many of the country’s top athletes set to come to Peth to take to the field for the their home states and territories, as well as several international teams now competing for the first time, the 2016 AHL is going to be a must-see event.”

Tickets for the 2016 AHL are on sale with day passes available for only $10.

The 2016 AHL is running September 29 – October 8 and has been officially sanctioned by the FIH.