International hockey's best to play in Hobart tournament

Tassie bound: The Kookaburras men's hockey team are set to play in Hobart in February in the first Pro League. Picture: AAP.
Tassie bound: The Kookaburras men's hockey team are set to play in Hobart in February in the first Pro League. Picture: AAP.

The best in world hockey will be playing in Hobart in February.

Hockey Australia and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that Tasmania is one of the four Australian venues set to host the inaugural Hockey Pro League in 2019.

The Tasmanian Hockey Centre in Hobart will host games on February 9 and 10 with the Hockeyroos playing against China and Germany and the Kookaburras to meet Pakistan and Germany.

Games will also be played in Sydney and Melbourne.

Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier said they were delighted to confirm the three Australian host venues for the inaugural edition of the Pro League where the best in the world meet off in an exciting league format.

“It’s exciting to have Hobart host international hockey for the first time since 2015, while we’re thrilled to once again bring elite international hockey in Melbourne and Sydney,” Mr Favier said.

Hockey Tasmania chairman Ken Read said it was a big coup for Tasmania.

“We will see the best Tasmanians playing for Australia. It will lift the profile of the sport here and give our youth access to role models,” Mr Read said.

The Tasmanian Government has provided $200,000 to host games in 2019 and 2020.

Teams will play eight home and eight away matches throughout the first six months of every year, with national stadiums hosting matches week in, week out. The top four teams will then compete to determine the winner in a grand final later in June

The Hockey Pro League features a line-up of nations, with both the women's and men's Leagues featuring a glittering array of the finest international hockey teams on earth.

The women’s League will see Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA all going head to head, while Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and Spain will be fighting it out for the men's title.

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