Cairns Hockey Leads The Way for Sports Tourism!

Veteran hockey teams from across the State met in Cairns in June to battle for the right to represent Queensland nationally.

This three day event saw teams compete for a winning title as well as vie for selection in Queensland representative teams for National Competitions in October 2011.

Hosting this championship is a great thing for Cairns. Championships like these showcase Cairns as a major national sports event venue.

Cr. Rob Pyne said, “It brings to the region another state championship and gives the community an opportunity to enjoy live sport up close and personal.”

“These are veteran players who will no doubt bring their families along for a holiday. This type of championship highlights Cairns as a sports tourism destination.”

Hockey Queensland Manager Garry West-Bail said Cairns Regional Council has been a great supporter of hockey in the past, “We are pleased to bring this event to Cairns and with it business to local hotels, restaurants and clubs.”

Mr West-Bail said. “We feel that this event was a great success.”

The Men’s Veteran Hockey Championships saw the first game played on the new synthetic pitch at Cairns Hockey. Coincidently, the game included two players who had christened the first pitch around twenty years ago. The only disappointment (from a biased Cairns person) was to see Townsville defeat Cairns in the mens over 45s.

The new pitch and proposed stadium are a magnificent initiative by Cairns Hockey with financial assistance from Council and the State Government.



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