Wednesday, 1 October 2014 (Melbourne, AUS) – Australia‘s world and Commonwealth champion Kookaburras will welcome one of hockey’s biggest names, India, to Perth this November with four matches arranged between the two Commonwealth Games finalists.
It is hoped that the series will be the first of what will become an annual fixture between two of the sport’s most exciting draw cards.
Running from 1-9 November, the series will form an important part of both teams’ preparations for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar in December.
The matches will also provide new Kookaburras coach Graham Reid with his first competitive contests since being named as National Coach last month. Reid, along with then co-coach Paul Gaudoin, led the Australian men to a Commonwealth Games gold medal victory over India in Glasgow in August thanks to a 4-0 win that came courtesy of a Chris Ciriello hat-trick and a goal from Eddie Ockenden.
Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale said, “We’ve been keen to bring India back to Australia for some time. As we saw in Glasgow, matches between the Kookaburras and India are always hotly contested and with the Champions Trophy around the corner these Tests will be no different.”
On the possibility of the series becoming an annual fixture, Vale added, “We’ve had good discussions with Hockey India about making this a regular series and building an event around it that hockey fans can really enjoy. Those conversations are ongoing and we’re looking forward to continuing them when India are here in November.”
All four matches will take place at Perth Hockey Stadium, beginning at 7pm Perth time on Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November. India will warm up for the series with a match against an Australia ‘A’ side on Saturday 1 November.
Kookaburras v India Fixtures
Perth Hockey Stadium, WA
Tuesday 4 November – 7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT
Wednesday 5 November – 7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT
Saturday 8 November – 7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT
Sunday 9 November – 7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT