Kookaburras Set for Pakistan Test in the Top End
Hockey | Published:
Thu 9 March 2017
The Australian men’s hockey team will take on Pakistan in
a four-test series in Darwin at the end of March.
The International Hockey Open will be played from 28 March to 1 April at
Marrara Hockey Centre with the series representing the Kookaburras' first
matches under new coach Colin Batch.
Batch predicted a thrilling series against Pakistan, suggesting his side will
face a tough challenge.
"It’s very exciting for us to be able to have our first games of the year on
home soil, and there’s sure to be some fantastic hockey played against
Pakistan, because they are always a challenging opponent,” he said.
"They will have match practice however because they’re playing New Zealand in a
five test match series, so they will certainly come into this series match
hardened, whereas we will be starting fresh so that will be a challenge in
The Kookaburras will also visit local schools and host clinics to help promote
the sport of Hockey and improve local player skills.
The Australian coaching team will also hold an education session with local
Hockey NT CEO Ian Harkness said local players and officials are grateful for
the opportunities the International Hockey Open brings.
"Exposure and access to elite players and coaching is imperative to the
development of the sport locally,” he said.
The Northern Territory Stingers will also play Western Australia’s Men’s Under
18 team in curtain raiser games prior to each test match.