Tickets today go on sale to the general public for the Darwin International Hockey Open to be played from 18-22 September 2018 via Ticketbooth.
World number one Australia will take on Rio Olympics gold medalists Argentina (world ranking two), Malaysia (12) and Japan (16) at Marrara Hockey Stadium.
This year’s Darwin International Hockey Open has been made possible thanks to the support of the Northern Territory Government and Hockey NT.
The event will mark the third straight year Australia have competed in Darwin, with the Kookaburras playing Pakistan in a four-match Test Series in 2017 and the Hockeyroos meeting New Zealand, Japan and India in a four-nations tournament in 2016.
The matches are crucial preparation for the Kookaburras ahead of the 2018 World Cup in India which commences in November, with the Kookaburras chasing a third consecutive title.
Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier said “The opportunity to play international matches in Darwin over the past two years has been very well-received across the board from the fans to the players.
“Hockey Australia is excited for the third instalment in 2018 which appears to be the best line-up of international teams yet.”
Kookaburras’ Darwin product Jeremy Hayward said: “It’s always good playing in front of family and friends going back home.
“Last year we had a great turnout at the end of the local hockey season and it was great to get out into the community and visit a few schools too.”
Speaking about the quality of the 2018 edition, Hayward added: “Argentina are the Olympic champions so we know they’ll be very tough, while Malaysia and Japan are also in the World Cup so they’ll be preparing for that along with us.
“Japan are an up and coming side working towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while Malaysia are always dangerous and can beat any side on their day.”
2018 Darwin International Hockey Open Fixtures (all fixtures in local time/ACST):
Tuesday 18 September 5:15pm – Argentina v Japan
Tuesday 18 September 7pm – Australia v Malaysia
Wednesday 19 September 5:15pm – Malaysia v Japan
Wednesday 19 September 7pm – Argentina v Australia
Friday 21 September 5pm – Malaysia v Argentina
Friday 21 September 7pm – Australia v Japan
Saturday 22 September 5pm – 3rd Place Final
Saturday 22 September 7pm – 1st Place Final