The Hockeyroos will play Japan in Kalgoorlie in two internationally recognised matches which are part of their World Cup and Commonwealth Games warm-up preparations.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron today announced the State Government would contribute $50,000 towards the four-day visit in March through the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.
“The Hockeyroos’ visit to Kalgoorlie last year was a huge success and has paved the way for a return this year,” Mr Waldron said.
“It will be the first time two international teams have travelled to Kalgoorlie to play sanctioned international matches and that will make for an exciting program.
“While those in Kalgoorlie will get to see a couple of world-class hockey games, there’s also a wide range of community activities around this visit which will engage hockey lovers and players of all ages and abilities.”
An important part of the four-day visit from March 20-23 will be the community events which include:
Open team training sessions
School clinics conducted by the Hockeyroos
A junior hockey clinic for community players conducted by the Hockeyroos
Hook in2 Hockey registration session with the Hockeyroos
Coaches session for the community
Umpiring workshop conducted by Olympic umpire Melissa Trivic.
This year’s Hockey World Cup takes place in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31-June 15. Japan and the Hockeyroos meet each other in the third day of the cup on June 2, the same day as current world cup holders, the Kookaburras, play Spain.
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