The Vanuatu men’s hockey team are calling Moorebank home this week.
The Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club answered an SOS to support the team through the adopt-a-country program.
They are providing transport, accommodation, food and support for Vanuatu throughout the Intercontinental Hockey 5s tournament where they will play Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga.
The team is using the training facility at Ernie Smith Reserve.
“They needed some help to make it to the championships and we as a club decided we could help,” life member Sue Cotterill said.
Team Vanuatu flew out on Monday morning from the Bauerfiled Airport.
This exciting new event will be run in conjunction with the Oceania Cup at Olympic Park, Homebush, Sydney on about the 9th to 15th October 2017
Asian teams are being invited to compete in this event so this will provide the opportunity to play teams from outside Oceania that have similar world rankings.
All Oceania teams competing will earn World ranking points. The Asian teams will not earn ranking points.
International Hockey Federation have agreed that world ranking points not allocated with the Oceania Cup will flow to the Hockey5s event. For example if only 3 teams compete in the Oceania Cup then the points for 4th place will go to the top finishing team in Hockey5s and so on allocating according to the finishing order in the Hockey5s event.
This is a significant step in Oceania’s calendar of events. Oceania’s membership has increased over the past 5 years due to the introduction of the smaller Hockey5’s game. This suits Pacific Islands because:
-available sports fields are in short supply
-rules are simpler and therefore easier to begin playing
-going to Oceania tournaments with 9 players instead of 18 is a huge cost saving yet still allows teams to play in prestigious tournaments.