Fierce international hockey rivals clash in Narrogin

11 November 2017
Rivalry will be fierce as old enemies the Kookaburras and the Netherlands men's national field hockey Team clash at Narrogin in two games early next year.

A match between the Australian Kookaburras and England during day four of the 2012 International Super Series at Perth Hockey Stadium

The elite male hockey teams will play two matches at the Narrogin Hockey Stadium on January 27 and 28, 2018.

The games come on the back of the successful series between the Kookaburras and Great Britain last year.

The event has been made possible in part through $15,000 from the McGowan Government's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.

After the Narrogin games, there will be two follow-up games at Perth Hockey Stadium on February 1 and 3.

The best-of-four competition will be part of the Kookaburras' warm up for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The installation of new synthetic hockey turf at the Narrogin Hockey Stadium last year was made possible in part through the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund contribution of $146,692.

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"Over the past decade, Australia and the Netherlands have been each other's biggest rivals in men's hockey, so I think it's fair to say we can expect to see two hungry teams battling it out.

"Narrogin is a powerhouse hockey region of Western Australia and through programs such as the Country Sport Enrichment Program, sport fans in regional centres like this have the chance to experience world-class competition on their doorstep. 

"Being able to bring these kinds of competitions to communities outside the metropolitan area allows players to watch their heroes in action and encourages others to take up playing the sport and getting active."