Goulburn to host the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival in 2019
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Hockey Australia (HA) today announces that Goulburn, New South Wales, will host an expanded Australian Indoor Hockey Festival in 2019.

The announcement comes after Goulburn successfully hosted the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival in January this year.

The Festival will run from Friday 4 January to Saturday 26 January 2019, across Under-13, Under-15, Under-18, Under-21 and Open divisions.

This year will see the introduction of a Masters’ division to be held from Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December 2018 which will provide a selection opportunity for the inaugural Indoor Masters World Cup in early 2019.

HA have partnered with Destination NSW and the Goulburn Mulwaree Council for the Festival which will be played at Veolia Arena, with more than 100 teams expected to compete this year across the six divisions.

Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier said: “We’re thrilled to have Goulburn host the 2019 Australian Indoor Hockey Festival once again, having done an outstanding job in 2018.

“We also thank Destination NSW for their support as we move into the fourth year of our five-year agreement to play the Festival in the state.

“The Festival has grown with the addition of the Masters and we’re expecting an increase in competing teams, which is extremely pleasing as the Indoor Hockey community comes together nationally.

“Australia’s Indoor Hockey teams competed incredibly well at the World Cup in Berlin earlier this year, recording best-ever finishes, which shows the growth of our game is in a healthy state.”

Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk said he is looking forward to welcoming the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival to the region again in 2019.

“Goulburn Mulwaree and the surrounding region has a proud history with the sport of Hockey, being strongly represented at the representative level right up to the Kookaburra and Hockeyroo level,” Mr Kirk said.

“We believe in the sport of Hockey and the benefits this event is able to bring to our region, with the Festival of Indoor Hockey this year bringing over $1m in economic benefits to our City and the wider region.”

The Festival will commence with the Under-13s division from 4-7 January, Under-15s from 8-12 January, Under-18s from 13-17 January, Under-21s from 18-22 January and the Open division from January 23-26.