New Zealand Futures Men’s and Women’s teams will compete in this year’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) at the Perth Hockey Stadium from September 29 – October 9.
The Kiwi development teams will battle alongside teams from each Australian State and Territory as well as other invitational teams from India and Malaysia.
Both teams will be made up of players identified through national domestic competitions and will include athletes from the Junior and Future Black Sticks squads.
Hockey New Zealand High-Performance Director Terry Evans said the opportunity strengthens ties within the international hockey community and gives players more top-level hockey experience.
“Competing in Australia’s premier domestic hockey competition alongside international teams from India and Malaysia and Australia’s best domestic teams provides a unique opportunity for New Zealand’s developing athletes and coaches against quality opponents,” Evans said.
“This also signals the start of a strategic relationship involving all four countries with a view towards growing exposure of the sport and improving the opportunities for each country’s national teams.
“Hockey New Zealand and Hockey Australia are working together to develop a number of mutually beneficial programmes and to develop a strategic relationship that supports hockey in both countries and the broader region.”
This is the first year the premier Australian domestic league will host the men’s and women’s competition alongside each other at the same venue.
Author: Hockey NZ / Categories: Hockey New Zealand News /