ABC TV will broadcast the Hockey Mens Champions Trophy featuring defending champions – the Australian Kookaburras – in a six-day tournament from December 3rd to December 11th.
Auckland, New Zealand, will host the tournament featuring eight of the world’s top mens teams – Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan.
This world-class hockey event will be the last opportunity for the mens teams to fine tune their competitive strategies before the 2012 London Olympics.
ABC1 will screen an hour’s highlight of the Hockey Mens Champions Trophy preliminary games – at 6pm from Saturday, December 3rd through to Saturday, December 10th – (except Sunday, December 4th broadcast which will run from 5pm – 6pm).
ABC1 will screen the Hockey Mens Champions Trophy final in full from 5.30pm – 7pm on Sunday, December 11th.
ABC sports broadcaster, Steve Robilliard, will call all the action with special comments from a leading hockey expert.
Robilliard says he’s looking forward to seeing some exciting international hockey.
“With 24 matches being played over six days this premier event is effectively the Mens World Championship of hockey,” he says.
“Auckland’s hockey stadium will be transformed and in the wake of the Rugby World Cup the New Zealand team can expect raucous support – especially if they meet the Kookaburras in the final.
“The Kookaburras are reigning champions and have an outstanding international record. For more than 30 years they have been ranked in the top four nations in the world – they’ve won an amazing 21 Champions Trophy medals and six World Cup medals.”