Hockey New Zealand (HNZ) is delighted to announce the return of worldwide hockey competitors to our shores after what could have been a 3 12 months hiatus.
March 2020 was the final time the Vantage Black Sticks (VBS) performed a rustic, aside from Australia, in NZ after they confronted Argentina in Season 2 of the FIH Professional League. Naturally, attributable to border restrictions, the VBS have been unable to compete in Season 3 of Professional League however are set to re-join for Season 4.
HNZ also can reveal that the Nationwide Hockey Stadium in Wellington will play host to the VBS Girls, in addition to China and the USA from February 18-26. Ngā Puna Wai in Christchurch would be the venue for each VBS Males and Girls as they face Australia and Nice Britain from April 22-30 – together with an ANZAC Day double header.
Performing CEO of HNZ, Ken Maplesden, is thrilled to have the ability to take worldwide hockey again across the nation.
“Our followers have been starved of high flight hockey for such a very long time so it’s sensible to have the ability to host 18 worldwide hockey matches early subsequent 12 months – particularly having the ability to showcase ladies’s sport in Wellington and internet hosting two of our greatest rivals for an exhilarating week of hockey in Christchurch.
“We all know there can be enormous pleasure for these matches and we are able to’t wait to see our followers out in power with all groups taking part in one another twice, offering loads of alternative to see among the world’s greatest in two incredible areas.”
WellingtonNZ CEO John Allen mentioned, “Wellington has all the time been a metropolis that is aware of easy methods to help sport, and wāhine.
“As we wave goodbye to COVID, and the isolation it introduced with it, Wellington is relishing the chance to host the Black Sticks Girls. Welcome again, worldwide hockey. We have now missed you.”
ChristchurchNZ Basic Supervisor of Vacation spot & Attraction Tracey Wilson can also be proud to help the FIH Professional League returning, particularly to Ōtautahi Christchurch in April 2023
“It will likely be nice to host the New Zealand, Australian, and the Nice Britain groups right here and present their followers why Christchurch is without doubt one of the world’s nice sporting cities with world-class hockey services for each women and men.”
In the meantime the VBS Males will begin their Professional League marketing campaign in India in October the place they’ll tackle India and Spain. A Trans-Tasman Masters collection will even happen concurrently with the Professional League matches in April
Tickets for the NZ Professional League matches will go on sale in November.