On Thursday, September 13, Hockey Australia announced that the Gold Coast will host the 2019 Trans-Tasman Masters Hockey Challenge.
The Trans-Tasman Masters Hockey Challenge will take place at both the Gold Coast Hockey Centre and the Nikki Hudson Centre in Runaway Bay between April 30 and May 4.
The competition is a biennial international masters hockey tournament between Australia and New Zealand which features 14 Australian teams (seven male and seven female) and 14 New Zealand teams (seven male and seven female) competing in seven age divisions: Over 35, Over 40, Over 45, Over 50, Over 55, Over 60 and Over 65.
Each division plays three matches and the nation that wins the most divisions across the men’s and women’s competitions is declared the Country Champion.
In terms of size, the Trans-Tasman Hockey Challenge brings together approximately 608 participants across players, coaches, support staff and officials.
Hockey New Zealand will release more information at a later date regarding coach, manager and team selection processes.