Parkes Shire Council, along with Parkes Hockey Inc., Hockey NSW and Hockey Australia, has received an Australian Sports Commission grant of $50,000 to help host the HockeyOne NSW Pride vs Canberra Chill hockey match in Parkes this November.
The Sultana Bran HockeyOne League is Australia's new national hockey league, pitching seven state teams, containing both men's and women's leagues, against each other in a season of fast and exciting games.
Held on Saturday 12 November 2022 at the McGlynn Sports Complex in Parkes, the game is expected to bring over 1,000 visitors and spectators to town, providing a welcomed boost to the local tourism, hospitality and retail industries.
Supported by the Australian Sports Commission, this is set to be the first ever game of HockeyOne held in a regional location.
Parkes Shire Councillor Louise O'Leary said, "This event will provide a fantastic opportunity for the regional community to reconnect and celebrate through one of the most popular sports in the Parkes Shire.
"With a number of highly skilled athletes travelling here for the special clash, this gives local fans the rare opportunity to watch their idols play hockey live," added Cr O'Leary.
The NSW Pride team will bring a superstar line-up of players from the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras, with integral members including our very own Mariah Williams and Kurt Lovett.
The event will be live streamed on Kayo, providing an international sporting audience for those unable to attend in person.
Council is also working with Parkes Hockey Incorporated to leverage this game within the region with planning underway for a coaching clinic on Saturday prior to the televised games, along with the potential for a sportspersons dinner that evening.
Tickets for the game are on sale now. Visit www.hockeyone.com.au for more information and to purchase your tickets.
This event is supported by the Australian Sports Commission under the Regional Sport Events Fund.