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Historic trans-Tasman series confirmed

Historic trans-Tasman series confirmed

Historic-trans-Tasman-series-confirmedThe Black Sticks will go head-to-head with Australia in the inaugural trans-Tasman series this November

The Black Sticks Men and Women are set to go head-to-head with the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos in the inaugural trans-Tasman series this November.

Hockey New Zealand and Hockey Australia have partnered up to confirm an annual event for the next four years, with this year’s series held at the Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium in Auckland.

The series will alternate between countries with New Zealand hosting in 2016 and 2018 and Canberra set as the venue for 2017 and 2019.

The Black Sticks Men and Women will play three double headers against the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos on 17th, 19th and 20th November, with tickets on sale later this month.

Along with bragging rights, teams will be competing for a combined series trophy with results across all six men’s and women’s games determining an overall champion.

It’s the first partnership of this kind between the New Zealand and Australian national bodies, and marks a significant milestone in a wider long-term partnership either side of the Tasman.

Hockey New Zealand High Performance Director Terry Evans said the event will provide fantastic development opportunities for the Black Sticks against world class opposition close to home.

“This is a huge development for Hockey New Zealand as we look to build an even closer relationship with our Australian counterparts on all levels,” he said.

“Having the opportunity to play an annual event gives our Black Sticks Men and Women amazing experience against two of the world’s best teams as well as an unbeatable spectacle for fans.

“As our closest neighbours, we are excited about the prospect of building on a much closer relationship with Hockey Australia at all levels of the sport. From a high performance perspective it’s a rivalry which will help our teams get stronger and more confident the more we play them.”

Hockey Australia chief executive Cam Vale said it was an exciting development for hockey.

“Along with Hockey New Zealand we are pleased to announce the trans-Tasman series – an exciting new event which will see the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras take on the Black Sticks Men and Women every year in alternating locations,” Vale said.

“This will give our teams the opportunity to experience high level competition close to home, and will further develop our ties with Hockey New Zealand.”

All games from the trans-Tasman series will be broadcast live in New Zealand on SKY Sport.

Hockey New Zealand and Hockey Australia will be running a joint fan competition over the next month to give the annual event an official name, with more details to follow.

2016 TRANS-TASMAN SERIES – MATCH SCHEDULE

Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium

Thursday 17th November
6:30pm – Black Sticks Women vs Hockeyroos
8:00pm – Black Sticks Men vs Kookaburras

Saturday 19th November
6:30pm – Black Sticks Men vs Kookaburras
8:00pm – Black Sticks Women vs Hockeyroos

Sunday 20th November
4:30pm – Black Sticks Men vs Kookaburras
6:00pm – Black Sticks Women vs Hockeyroos

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