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Huge line-up confirmed for Hawke’s Bay Festival

Huge-line-up-confirmed-for-Hawke’s-Bay-FestivalThe third annual Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey will grow further in 2016, with at least 42 teams participating

The third annual Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey will grow further in 2016, with at least 42 teams participating.
The Festival runs from the 2-10 April and this year includes four tournaments, an addition of one from the last two seasons. The major addition to the festival is FIH World League Round 1 which involves teams from Oceania.

The Hawke’s Bay Cup continues to be the major attraction of the Festival with eight international teams confirmed for the tournament. The Affiliates Tournament has grown to 14 teams and the school girls Furnware Cup will again include eight teams from around the North Island.

“A stellar line-up of women’s teams will again compete in this prestigious tournament. We are delighted that six of the eight teams that will come to Hawke’s Bay have qualified for the Rio Olympics. Completing this year’s line-up will be first timers at this tournament, Ireland and Canada,” Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium’s (HBSEEC) Bruce Mactaggart said.

Tournament Director David Nancarrow is excited about the continuing growth of the festival.

“It is extremely gratifying that, in this Olympic year, Hawke’s Bay has won the bid to hold the Oceania round of World League Round 1. This was secured following a competitive bidding process with Cairns and Port Moresby, who were both extremely keen to host the tournament,” he said.

“World League Round 1 will add another dimension and extra colour and flavour to the festival. It is likely that six men’s and six women’s teams from throughout Oceania will be in Hawke’s Bay to take part in this international competition.”

The school girls Furnware Cup returns for the third year and will see young players from throughout the North Island rub shoulders with some of the finest players in the world. Four teams from Hawke’s Bay will be joined by teams from the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne in an eight team competition.

The 2016 Affiliates tournament has attracted 14 teams, an increase of five from last year. Players from throughout the country will be joined by teams from Australia and Hong Kong to complete a line-up that includes eight women’s and six men’s teams.

2016 HAWKE’S BAY CUP LINE-UP:

Australia (world ranking 3rd)
Black Sticks (4th)
China (5th)
Korea (9th)
Japan (10th)
India (13th)
Ireland (15th)
Canada (19th)

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