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NSW Hockey Championships set to deliver economic boost to Goulburn
Goulburn Mulwaree Council, in conjunction with Goulburn Hockey Association, are preparing to welcome the first of four major Indoor Hockey State Championship events this weekend.
The four events are expected to bring 3,430 competitors, officials and spectators from across the NSW to the town delivering a combined economic impact estimated to be around $2.4 million.
The first of the four events will see NSW Open Men’s teams competing in Goulburn from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October.
The tournament will see 22 teams competing with players representing their cities from across the state including Tamworth, Grafton, Newcastle, Nepean, Sydney, Illawarra, Dubbo, Orange, Lithgow and the Southern Highlands - in addition to two Goulburn teams with the home ground advantage.
The first games will begin at 1pm on Friday when the Illawarra South Coast 3 plays Sydney East, and Southern Highlands 1 takes on Dubbo.
The competition will be held at Goulburn’s Recreation Area on Braidwood Road with games being played at Veolia Arena and the Goulburn Basketball Stadium. Both venues have undergone recent work to increase field sizes for the forthcoming competitions.
Veolia Arena has been re-lined to create a larger court, matching international standards and will be the main venue for division one games. The newly resurfaced and relined Goulburn Basketball Stadium gives the city an additional indoor hockey field of increased length and width.
Hockey NSW’s Chief Executive David Thompson said that they are very proud to be bringing Under 18, Opens and Masters Indoor State Championships to Goulburn.
Thompson stated “we have a great supporter of indoor hockey in Goulburn Mulwaree Council. They’ve provided us two world-class courts with hockey being the first sport being played on the surface of the recently refurbished Basketball Stadium.
“We can’t wait to see our players enjoying these excellent facilities and I know they’re looking forward to it, too.”
Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s Business Manager Marketing, Events and Culture, Sarah Ruberto said that Council is very pleased to partner with Goulburn Hockey Association and Hockey NSW to secure these Indoor Hockey Championships for Goulburn.
Ruberto advised “our strategic location makes us an ideal host city for these events, and Council has committed significant time and resources to ensuring our facilities are at their best for these events.
“Council’s Marketing and Events team are working hard to secure more Sports Tourism opportunities, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the various sporting organisations in the community.”
Over two weekends in February this year, Goulburn hosted the NSW Indoor Hockey Men’s and Women’s Masters at Veolia Arena, the first events in a three year partnership between Council and Hockey NSW.
Dates for Indoor State Championships in Goulburn are:
• 21st to 23rd October 2016, Under 21/Open Men
• 28th to 30th October 2016, Under 21/Open Women
• 11th to 13th November 2016, Under 18 Girls
• 18th to 20th November 2016, Under 18 Boys
For the full competition draw please visit www.hockeynsw.com.au
Image courtesy of Click in Focus.
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