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    2018 - 07.03

    TASMANIA will play host to four of the world’s best hockey nations when a major men’s tournament comes to Hobart in May.

    The Kookaburras will take on Australia A, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Korea at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in the ten-match tournament.

    The tournament will be one of the Kookaburras’ last before the final stages of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

    Premier and Sports Minister Will Hodgman said the event gave Tasmanians the opportunity to watch world-class hockey in their own backyard. ‘‘Hosting this tournament is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our hospitality and our world-class Tasmanian Hockey Centre,’’ he said.

    ‘‘It’s also an opportunity to build on this event, with the hope of securing future junior and masters championships, which are major boons for host cities.’’

    It is the first time Hobart has hosted international hockey since 2011.

    Hockey Australia chief executive Cam Vale said the Kookaburras, who are the world’s number one side, would play more games around the country.

    ‘‘Australian hockey fans have not seen much of the Kookaburras on home turf in recent years,’’ he said.

    Three Tasmanians, including star midfielder Eddie Ockenden, are part of the Kookaburras’ squad, while as many as three other will represent the Australia A team. The state government paid $60,000 to secure the event, which runs from May 2 to 10.

    Eddie Ockenden

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