The announcement is made in partnership with the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast under an agreement which will also see the 2019 Trans-Tasman Masters Hockey and 2019 Australian Women’s Masters Hockey played on the Gold Coast.
Hockey Australia has agreed to a significant partnership with the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), and the City of Gold Coast to host three major Hockey events.
Gold Coast will host the 2018 Australian Hockey League (AHL) Finals (25 – 28 October 2018), 2019 Trans-Tasman Masters Hockey Challenge (30 April – 4 May 2019) and 2019 Australian Women’s Masters Hockey Championships (26 September – 5 October 2019).
The AHL is the premier senior national competition featuring the best Hockey players in Australia from all eight states and territories.
The 2018 AHL Finals will decide the last-ever champions, before next year’s reincarnation as a revamped league.
The Gold Coast Hockey Centre, which was the venue for all of the Commonwealth Games Hockey matches earlier this year, will host all matches in the AHL Finals.
Today’s announcement coincides with tickets going on sale for the AHL Finals via Ticketbooth from $10 for children and $15 for adults.
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— Hockey Australia (@HockeyAustralia) September 13, 2018
The Trans-Tasman Masters Hockey Challenge and Australian Women’s Masters Hockey Championships will take place at both the Gold Coast Hockey Centre and the Nikki Hudson Centre in Runaway Bay.
The 2018 AHL marks the final version of the premier senior national competition which has been played since 1991 in its current format before next year’s reincarnation as a revamped league.
Male and female teams from all eight states and territories compete in the competition, featuring the best Hockey players in Australia and is a key vehicle for selection opportunities for National Junior and Senior Squads such as the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos.
The AHL Finals take place after three rounds of matches across the country throughout October, with the competition culminating on the Gold Coast with quarter-finals on Thursday 25 October, semi-finals on Saturday 27 October and bronze and gold medal matches on Sunday 28 October.
Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier said: “We’re delighted to confirm the Gold Coast as home to the 2018 AHL Finals, where we’ll see the last ever AHL champions confirmed before we move into a new era with a revamped league in 2019 and beyond.
“Gold Coast proved itself as a wonderful host city and venue for Hockey during the 2018 Commonwealth Games with great crowds cheering the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos on to gold and silver medals respectively.
“We’re thrilled to be able to play such an iconic and important event at this excellent venue and excited about more strong support for Hockey from the local community.”
Victoria heads into the 2018 AHL as the reigning champions across both men’s and women’s divisions, while this year’s hosts Queensland were beaten in both finals last year.
The WA Thundersticks hold the record for the most men’s AHL titles with 10 closely followed by Queensland Blades with nine, while NSW Arrows have the most women’s AHL titles with nine.
Favier added: “Hockey supporters will have amazing memories across three decades of the AHL, seeing the rise of numerous Hockeyroos and Kookaburras, memorable matches and various …