The Hockeyroos and Kookaburras will mark ANZAC Day with the addition of iconic red poppies to their uniforms for Thursday’s FIH Pro League match against New Zealand in Auckland which falls on the special day.
The Trans-Tasman encounter will take place on ANZAC Day, 25 April, as the two countries remember the courage, comradery and sacrifice of our men and women service people and their contribution to the heritage, history and culture of the two neighbours.
Hockey New Zealand have organised a variety of activities to mark the day, but notably all teams will have the iconic red poppy placed on their playing tops.
Hockey Australia’s official uniform supplier On The Go enabled the inclusion of the red poppy upon this special request.
Kookaburras coach Colin Batch said: “We respect ANZAC day a lot and I know both teams will look forward to playing and honouring the past.”
Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin added: “It’s a special occasion. Hopefully we do justice and pride to the ANZACs who fought to give us the opportunities that we have.”
The Hockeyroos will play at 12:30pm AEST followed by the Kookaburras from 2:30pm AEST against the New Zealand women’s and men’s sides respectively.
But to further commemorate the ANZACs, the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces men’s and women’s hockey teams will play curtain-raisers to the FIH Pro League matches.
A 20-minute ANZAC ceremony will also take place from 12:10pm AEST prior to pushback in the women’s match with numerous dignitaries expected to attend.