International series returns

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

Narrogin has done it again with a second international hockey series to be played at the turf this summer.

After the success of last year’s match against Great Britain, the Kookaburras are returning on January 27 and 28 to take on the Netherlands in a two-match series.

The Australian side are currently number two in the world, with the Netherlands sitting at number four.

The series will be great preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with players from both sides expected to be in top form as they fight for selection for the Queensland event.

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Andrew Corner and Mark Regan, from the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association, were instrumental in getting the deal done with Hockey Australia and the State Government.

“This is a great endorsement of the association and the town and shows that the club and the members make the UGSHA what it is,” Mr Regan said.

“It’s a huge event for the town with national and international exposure since it will be broadcast on Epicentre Sports,” Mr Corner added.

Shire of Narrogin chief executive Aaron Cook said the games would have a large economic impact.

“The impact isn’t just for Narrogin, it’s for all the surrounding towns as well,” he said.

“All the service stations on the roads coming here — people will come from everywhere to see this.

“It is a huge event for Narrogin with huge exposure.”

As well as the two headline matches, the association will have an exhibition match on the Saturday afternoon and local music duo Tom and Russell will be playing on Saturday night.

The UGSHA had already started working with Towns Cricket Club to gain extra parking, and the Lions Club, in a move that is bringing community groups together to get the event delivered.

Last year’s series saw 4000 people enter the Narrogin Hockey Turf over two days.

The association hopes to break these numbers, with the January weather expected to be much more pleasant than the May rain that fell during the 2016 games.

Tickets are expected to be on sale within the next few weeks.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the series.

For more information, contact Mark Regan on 0417 188 440 or Leigh Ballard on 9881 6000.

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