International hockey coming to world-class Warwick Hockey Centre

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The world-class Warwick Hockey Centre is playing host to the northern corridor’s first taste of international hockey when Australia and Spain meet in two Test matches later this month.

The two matches – to be played from 6:30pm on Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 January – are part of a five-Test series between the two countries.

The Test 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.

It is the first major event to take place at Warwick Hockey Centre since the $6.3 million facility was opened in mid- 2017.

The showpiece of Perth’s new home of hockey in the northern corridor – which was built by the City of Joondalup with the support of the State Government and Whitford Hockey Club – is the blue synthetic hockey pitch of international standard.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it was an honour for the City to play host to the Hockeyroos, 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 this month,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The City made a major financial commitment to Warwick Hockey Centre to provide an additional synthetic pitch facility in the northern corridor with the aim of attracting users and patrons from the local community and hockey players and fans from the wider metropolitan region.

“These two international hockey Tests are the latest events to be staged in what is becoming known as a dynamic sporting precinct in Warwick, with the hockey centre sitting beside the recently refurbished Warwick Stadium.

“Joondalup is also known as a Destination City for big events and hosting the Hockeyroos and Spain further underlines that reputation.”

Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier said: “The Hockeyroos have long received great support from the WA public and it’s exciting to be playing matches at a fantastic, brand new facility at Warwick Hockey Centre with their brilliant synthetic Tiger Turf surface.

“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 us spread the game to new markets.

“With a home Commonwealth Games around the corner, we’re expecting strong support during the matches.”

Whitford Hockey Club President Len Collier said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for hockey 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 fantastic facility at Warwick.”

Tickets are available from the Hockey Australia website

Australia v Spain Test Series Fixtures (start time for all matches 6.30pm WST)

Monday 15 January – Guildford Grammar School
Tuesday 16 January – Guildford Grammar School
Thursday 18 January – Warwick Hockey Centre
Saturday 20 January – Perth Hockey Stadium
Sunday 21 January – Warwick Hockey Centre