Hobart to host Pro League hockey
Hobart has been chosen as one of the Australian venues for the new international hockey Pro League starting in early 2019.
Melbourne and Sydney will also host the competition, which pits nine men's and women's teams from across the world against each other on a home-and-away basis.
Australian home matches will be played in February and March, in the inaugural 152- game competition which will be played between January and June.
The majority of the early games will be played in the southern hemisphere, with Argentina and New Zealand hosting matches against European teams before the League comes to Australia.
The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos commence their campaigns on the weekend of February 2-3 in Melbourne, where both teams will face the Netherlands and Belgium.
"We expect the FIH Pro League concept to garner great support around the country, which is why we're spreading our fixtures out around Australia," HA Chief Executive Matt Favier said.
"It's exciting to have Hobart host international hockey for the first time since 2015, while we're thrilled to once again bring elite international hockey in Melbourne and Sydney."
An Australian venue still has to be confirmed for the men's and women's matches against Great Britain on February 16.
Four teams will contest the finals series to be played in the Netherlands in June.
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and New Zealand will contest both competitions.
The men's league will also have Pakistan and Spain and the women's section includes China and the United States.
2019 FIH Pro League - Australia home fixtures:
Saturday, February 2 - Kookaburras v Netherlands; Hockeyroos v Netherlands - State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne.
Sunday, February 3 - Kookaburras v Belgium; Hockeyroos v Belgium - State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne.
Saturday, February 9- Kookaburras v Pakistan; Hockeyroos v China - Tasmanian Hockey Centre, Hobart.
Sunday, February 10 - Kookaburras v Germany; Hockeyroos v Germany - Tasmanian Hockey Centre, Hobart.
Saturday, February 16 - Kookaburras v Great Britain; Hockeyroos v Great Britain - TBC.
Saturday, March 2 - Kookaburras v Spain; Hockeyroos v USA - Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Sydney.
Saturday, March 16 - Kookaburras v Argentina; Hockeyroos v Argentina - Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Sydney.
Sunday, March 17 - Kookaburras v New Zealand; Hockeyroos v New Zealand - Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Sydney.
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