THE northern suburbs are set to get their first taste of international hockey when Australia takes on Spain this month.
Warwick Hockey Centre will host two matches – at 6.30pm on January 18 and 21 – as part of a five-match series between the two countries. The women’s series is an opportunity for the Hockeyroos to fine-tune preparations for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, where they are chasing a fourth consecutive gold medal.
This will be the first major event to take place at Warwick Hockey Centre since the $6.3 million facility was opened last year, featuring a blue synthetic hockey pitch of international standard.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it was an honour for the City to host one of Australia’s most successful sporting teams.
“As three-time Olympic gold medallists, as well as multiple World Cup and Commonwealth Games champions, the Hockeyroos are a powerful sporting brand and we are looking forward to seeing them light up the Warwick Hockey Centre,” he said.
Hockey Australia chief executive Matt Favier said the Hockeyroos had “long received great support from the WA public” and it was exciting to be playing at the new facility.
“The Hockeyroos have played in Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo and Adelaide in the past three months and the opportunity to play in Perth’s northern corridor helps spread the game to new markets,” he said.
“With a home Commonwealth Games around the corner, we’re expecting strong support during the matches.”
Whitford Hockey Club president Len Collier said it would be a “fantastic opportunity for players and the general public in the northern suburbs to see top class international hockey at a local venue”.
“Hosting these two fixtures is also a great reward for our club members who have worked hard over a number of years contributing and raising funds towards realising our ambition of having our own facility at Warwick,” he said.
Tickets are $10 and $5 concession at www.hockey.org.au/ 2018tests.