Hockey gets $400,000 from State

By RACHAEL BORICH

THE spotlight could soon be on international hockey in Rockhampton, thanks to a timely grant in yesterday's State Government budget.

Rockhampton has made its mark on the international stage through players like Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles and Kym Ireland, but now has its chance to host some of the world's leading players.

The Rockhampton Hockey Association received $400,000 in yesterday's State budget to extend and replace the turf surface and construct dugouts, technical benches and covered seating at the Kalka Shades venue in North Rockhampton.

This funding will also assist in upgrading the lighting facilities to an international standard and now sheds new light on Rockhampton's ability to host international games.

Rockhampton has already approached Hockey Australia to host two women's internationals between the Hockeyroos and South Korea on August 12 and 14.

Grant or no grant, Rockhampton Hockey Association president Barbara Knowles said they had already guaranteed upgraded lights as part of their submission.

The lights upgrade costs about $25,000.

Knowles said this grant will definitely push their claims to get these teams here.

"If we get these games and make sure its a success then hopefully we'll get more in the future,'' Knowles said.

Upgrading the 10-year-old turf field will start at the end of the season.



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