Hockey is back!

Hockey New Zealand (HNZ) is delighted to reveal two tournaments due to take place later this month – the Ōtautahi Cup taking place in Christchurch on the 13th and 14th; and the Lower North Island Championships (LNIC) in Palmerston North from the 17th-21st.

After the unfortunate cancellation of the Ford National Hockey Championship (NHC), Canterbury Hockey and Hockey Manawatū have both worked hard with their neighbouring Associations to put these events on.  HNZ see these as fantastic opportunities to showcase and celebrate our community hockey game across men and women from two of our biggest regions with these competitions featuring the best players from within the region including from within our performance network, as well as some current Vantage Black Sticks.

Both tournaments will feature men and women teams with the Otautahi Cup featuring Wellington, Otago, and Canterbury; while Taranaki, Manawatū, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, and Horowhenua will be competing in the LNIC.

Ken Maplesden, General Manager Community and Events, says “it’s exciting to be able to showcase some hockey especially after the disappointing cancellation of the NHC.

“We’re committed to providing safe opportunities for our hockey whanau to play the game they love, as well as showing the wider community how great a sport hockey is through our broadcast arrangement with Sky Sport. A huge thanks to the Canterbury, Manawatū, and the other participating associations for providing great hockey to showcase.”

The tournaments are also a chance for some of our players to gain competition experience ahead of what will hopefully be a busy 2022. Simon Brill, Performance Network Manager, believes “this is a great opportunity for this top group to still be able to get out in their local colours and compete at a high level. It’s also awesome to have the players out there and having some fun.”

Games will be broadcast live on Sky Sport Next and the HNZ website from midday on Saturday 13th and 20th November.

Posted on Thursday, 4 November, 2021 | CommunityFeature