Oceania Hockey Federation has confirmed the draw for the 2015 Oceania Cup being held in Stratford, New Zealand from 21-25 October.
Following the withdrawal of Fiji women, the revised draw creates a great weekend for spectators with New Zealand women now facing Australia at 14:00 (local time) on Saturday 24 October ahead of the finals on Sunday 25 October.
“To have the women play a trans-Tasman game is always a drawcard – and for this to now be on a Saturday when we have some fantastic live entertainment scheduled, is good news,” said Hockey New Zealand Chief Executive Malcolm Harris.
He continued: “It’s really unfortunate to have Fiji women out of the tournament and it’s always tricky managing the change of schedule so close to the start of the event, but we believe in this case there is a real silver lining to what has eventuated”.
Fiji will be replaced by a New Zealand invitational women’s team and will face Samoa on Saturday 24 October and play again on finals day on Sunday 25 October.
As a result, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa will contest the men’s competition, while Australia, New Zealand, a New Zealand invitational select and Samoa will contest the women’s event.
The Oceania Cup is an Olympic qualification event with the winners of each tournament qualifying for the Rio 2016 Games as Oceania Continental Champions.
New Zealand and Australia women along with Australia men have already qualified for Rio due to their final standings at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.
Due to the New Zealand women’s game being rescheduled, there will now be a VIP ticket on offer for Saturday 24 October which includes a two course buffet meal, two complimentary drinks, priority stadium access, reserved premium seating and indoor viewing if preferred. There are still VIP tickets available for Thursday 22 October.
Ticketholders who have purchased a ticket for Wednesday 21 October can exchange their ticket for either Thursday 22 October or Saturday 24 October. Similarly, ticketholders that have purchased a ticket for Thursday 22 October can exchange their ticket for either Wednesday 21 October or Saturday 24 October.
To exchange your ticket please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 484 2538 Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
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