Adelaide will play host to India’s women’s and men’s hockey teams in 10 international matches, kicking off with a five-match series between the Kookaburras and India at the end of next month.
India’s men’s team will be seeking redemption following their loss to the Kookaburras in Birmingham in the 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medal match when they tour Adelaide in November and December this year.
Next month’s series will remarkably see Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden notch up his 400th appearance in the green and gold, while the women’s tests will feature South Australian star Hattie Shand when the Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medallists take to the pitch in May.
The exclusive tours are a win for the Malinauskas Government’s recently established Major Events Attraction Committee and come off the back of committee chair Leon Bignell’s July visit to the Hockey Women’s World Cup in France.
In a massive win for multiculturalism, it’s anticipated this announcement will prove popular amongst Adelaide’s ever-growing Indian community, with the chance to see India’s national teams playing India’s national sport right here in SA.
Adelaide will gain international exposure through worldwide broadcasting, while domestically FOX Sports and Kayo will broadcast all five Kookaburras matches live with a livestreaming option also available on LIVEHockey.
Pre-register for tickets for the Kookaburras versus India 5-match series now through Ticketek with all matches to be played at MATE Stadium Gepps Cross.
Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing
The Malinauskas Government continues to attract elite women’s and men’s sporting events to our state.
I look forward to seeing some of the best hockey players in the world take to the field in the upcoming series.
This is a huge win for South Australia’s hockey community and our broader community, with the exclusive series set to provide plenty of opportunity for existing and new fans to check out the action.
Events like these have the potential to inspire future generations of Hockeyroos and Kookaburras watching their heroes from the stands.
Quotes attributable to Leon Bignell, Chair of the Major Events Attraction Committee
This is a great win for South Australia in terms of bringing world class sport to Adelaide and promoting SA around the world through the global livestreaming of 10 international hockey matches.
This is the first major event to be approved by the Major Events Attraction Committee and we are working on many other proposals that will hopefully bring tens of millions of dollars into SA.
This is the biggest hockey tournament we’ve had in South Australia this century, and as someone who watched the Champions Trophy in Adelaide in 1999, I know how excited sports fans will be to see two of the world’s best hockey nations go head to head in the men’s and women’s hockey competition.
I’d like to thank Hockey Australia CEO, David Pryles and Hockey SA CEO, Geoff Riddle, for the professionalism they have shown in this process and we look forward to working with them to secure more hockey matches in the future.
Quotes attributable to Hockey Australia CEO, David Pryles
From the moment we raised the prospect of hosting these matches in Adelaide, the South Australian Government has shown enormous enthusiasm and eagerness to host, so we are delighted to bring these series to South Australia.
Add in Eddie Ockenden’s expected 400-game milestone and it gives these matches another level of interest and importance.
We hope all South Australian sports fans make the most of the opportunity to see the world’s best hockey team against a genuine contender on the international stage.
Quotes attributable to Hockey SA CEO, Geoff Riddle
This is extremely exciting news for the South Australian hockey community.
For decades we’ve been starved of quality international hockey in our state but now thanks to the State Government and Hockey Australia we get to see two of the best nations in the world competing in our own backyard which I’m sure will be a catalyst to a new era of hockey in South Australia.
Kookaburras v India Series
MATE Stadium, Gepps Cross
Match 1 – Saturday, 26 November (4.00pm local time, 4.30pm AEDT)
Match 2 – Sunday, 27 November (4.00pm local time, 4.30pm AEDT)
Match 3 –Wednesday, 30 November (6.30pm local time, 7.00pm AEDT)
Match 4 – Saturday, 3 December (4.00pm local time, 5.30pm AEDT)
Match 5 – Sunday, 4 December (4.00pm local time, 5.30pm AEDT)
Ticketing details: Patrons can pre-register for tickets through Ticketek
Broadcast: Streamed on LIVEHockey
Hockeyroos v India Series
MATE Stadium, Gepps Cross
May 2023 (dates TBC)