2020 is gearing up to be another big year for Hockey Victoria’s events, in particular for the Junior State Championships (JSC).
The State Netball Hockey Centre has been the key venue for JSC, however it is currently being redeveloped with the expected completion date of March 2021. In addition to this, a number of the dual pitch venues in Melbourne are undergoing development, which provided the opportunity to take the JSC to regional Victoria in 2020.
Given the venue uncertainty in Melbourne, as well as the fact that the JSC has been held in its current format (10 Zones) in Metropolitan Melbourne for a decade now, we are excited to announce the 2020 JSC Events will be hosted at Greater Shepparton City Council for the boys competition and the City of Greater Bendigo for the girls. This is a huge show of support for the regional hockey community and the work they collectively do to deliver hockey in a very competitive and challenging environment in Regional Victoria.
“Hockey Victoria is excited at the prospect of taking the event to these regional centres so that it enhances regional tourism and provides local athletes more of a chance to develop within their own regions”, CEO of Hockey Victoria, Andrew Skillern said. He added, “It is also great that Hockey Victoria can support the investment into hockey facilities by both Shepparton and Bendigo councils, as well as support the local hockey Associations in promoting hockey in their regions”.
The event will be played over 4 days, but in 2020 it will run from Thursday 2nd July – Sunday 5th July (rather than the traditional Tuesday to Friday format). This simple change for 2020 is aimed at minimizing the number of days off work needed by the participants’ family members to see their children play.
The 2020 JSC will be hosted in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council and the City of Greater Bendigo. The one-year agreement will also see a three-day U13 State Team Camp delivered in Bendigo as part of the arrangement.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Councillor Kim O’Keeffe said it was wonderful for Greater Shepparton to be able to host another fabulous high-profile event in our region.
“It is a great accomplishment that the $21 million redevelopment of the Shepparton Sports City precinct which included substantial upgrades at the Regional Hockey Complex has enabled us to host amazing events such as this to bring so many people from around Victoria to play hockey in Greater Shepparton,” Cr O’Keefe said.
“These events strengthen our reputation as the leading sporting and events capital of regional Australia and keep our local economy strong and businesses thriving.
“We look forward to partnering with Hockey Victoria and the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association to deliver a first class event for all our visitors.”
City of Greater Bendigo, Manager of Tourism and Major Events, Terry Karamaloudis said, “We are delighted that for the first time in ten years, the Junior State Championships is heading out of metropolitan Melbourne with the JSC girls competition coming to Bendigo next July.
“Hockey Victoria has played an important role in supporting and promoting hockey in Greater Bendigo and next year’s four day event will be a great opportunity for our local community to enjoy this exciting sport and for our home grown players to compete at a state level on their own patch.
“With new facilities currently under development at the Bendigo Regional Hockey Centre, the future of hockey in Bendigo is very exciting,” Mr Karamaloudis said.
Finally, we hope the hockey community gets behind the 2020 JSC in Bendigo and Shepparton, and supports our hard-working regional associations.
The event will return to Melbourne in 2021.
Please keep an eye out on Hockey Victoria’s website and social media for more information.
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