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2017 Festival of Hockey 31st March - 9th April confirmed

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About Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay is situated on the East Coast of the Central North Island and is proud to bring the Festival of Hockey to it's shores for the second time running.

Discover Hawke's Bay
  • Bay backing the Black Sticks


    Hawke’s Bay is backing the Black Sticks Women’s and Men’s hockey teams during their “quest to be the best” as they prepare for the Rio Olympic games.

    The sponsorship deal is being led by locals Rod Miller and Bruce Mactaggart of the Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium, which is formed by a group of business and community leaders who are committed to strengthening the region’s principal partnership with the Black Sticks.

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    Hawke’s Bay – Where the world comes to play!

    The 2016 Festival of Hockey was a success, with the Black Sticks taking the overall win.

    6 out of the 8 International teams at this years tournament have qualified for the Rio Olympics! We were thrilled with our newest additions Ireland and Canada who had a successful tournament and embraced the community while staying in Hawke’s Bay.

    It was a great six days off Hockey and we hope to see everyone again next year.


  • Black Sticks WIN HAWKE’S BAY CUP!

    New Zealand Black Sticks WIN HAWKE’S BAY CUP FOR 2016!

    In a thrilling final against Japan the Black Sticks won 3-2. The Black Sticks were leading 3-0 until Japan scored two late goals.

    It was a fantastic game to finish a very successful tournament where some great hockey was played.

    Australia went on to win the silver with a win over China.


  • Michelsen wins Robyn Mactaggart medal for 2016!

    Black Sticks Captain Stacy Michelsen has been named the winner of the Robyn Mactaggart Medal at the 2016 Hawke’s Bay Cup.

    Michelsen was thrilled too receive the medal and was happy with the Black Sticks win over Japan in the finals.

    This special medal designed by Monique Therese award recognises the player who is judged the best and fairest over the 24 match tournament in honour of Robyn Mactaggart. Robyn was a passionate player, coach, parent and supporter who gave so much to the sport.



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    Michelsen nominated for World Player of the Year!

    Black Sticks livewire Stacey Michelsen is one of five players shortlisted by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for Women’s Player of the Year.

    The news came as the FIH announced nominees for the 2016 Hockey Stars Awards, the annual prizes which recognise the world’s best field players, goalkeepers, rising stars, coaches and umpires in a given calendar year.

    Five male and five female nominees have been selected for each award with the Player, Goalkeeper and Rising Star awards selected by a panel consisting of the FIH Athletes’ Committee, Continental Federations, Coaches and media.

    All awards are based on performance at international events during the 2016 season, as well as the player’s overall contribution to the sport.

    Michelsen, who has played 216 tests for New Zealand, had a stunning year at events such as the Hawke’s Bay Cup and Rio Olympic Games.

    “It is a huge honour to be nominated, particularly alongside the other nominees who I have a great amount of respect for as players,” Michelsen said.

    “It’s been a very tough year with the disappointment of not achieving what we set out to in Rio, but it has certainly motivated many of us to be better in the coming years.

    “I am very much looking forward to the chance to play in the Word League tournaments in 2017, especially the final which will be hosted in Auckland.

    “It provides Hockey New Zealand a great opportunity to showcase the sport and will also be very nice to play a major tournament in front of a home crowd, something we haven’t had the chance of doing as a group.”

    Award winners will be decided by the combined results of an online vote that is open to the public and a peer vote from international athletes.

    Voting for all awards will open later this week with more details to come.

    Stacey Michelsen (NZL)
    Carla Rebecchi (ARG)
    Kate Richardson-Walsh (GBR)
    Alex Danson (GBR)
    Naomi van As (NED)

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    Canada visits Te Mata Primary School

    The Canadian women visited Te Mata primary school and exchanged jokes, songs and national anthems. This was a great opportunity for the students to interact with the players and learn more about another country. The Canadian women also learned a some fun facts about New Zealand and Hawke’s Bay and were even able to see a Haka preformed by the students.

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    Officials enjoy local Hawke’s Bay Wine

    No tournament would be possible without Officials. 16 Officials from all around the world came out to Hawke’s Bay to help make the Festival of Hockey a success!

    All the officials were treated to a behind the scenes tour and wine tasting with owner, founder and winemaker Tim Turvey at Clearview Estate.

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    HBSEEC’s Festival of Hockey won the Westpac Innovation in Sport and Recreation award at the annual Hawke’s Bay Sports awards held on Saturday night! An award that wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support from all of the HBSEEC members and wider Hawke’s Bay community.



    Vantage Hawke’s Bay Festival back for 2017

    Hockey New Zealand and HBSEEC are excited to announce the return of the Vantage Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey this year.

    Vantage Windows & Doors, who are the naming rights partner of the Vantage Black Sticks, have also extended their support for hockey as naming rights sponsor for the festival.

    This will be the fourth year of the successful event which runs from 31st March – 9th April at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier.

    The 2017 Festival features 24 teams playing 76 games over 10 days, including the elite Hawke’s Bay Cup which sees the Vantage Black Sticks Women (ranked fifth in the world) go to battle in a four nations against Australia (4th), USA (6th) and Japan (11th).

    Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis said it was exciting to once again have some of the world’s best women’s teams take to the turf in Hawke’s Bay.



    Iona wins the Furnware Cup!

    Iona College have won the Furnware Cup for the first time with a 6-1 win over Hamilton College.

    The final of the Furnware Cup was streamed through the Festival of Hockey website.

    Captain Hannah Mason said “she was proud of the girls and all their hard work paid off.”

    The Furnware Cup girls also get the chance to rub shoulders with their heroes as they are ball attendants for the International games.



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Tickets now on Sale!

Posted on February 22, 2017

TICKETS FOR THE VANTAGE FESTIVAL OF HOCKEY NOW ON SALE!   Get in quick to see 4 of the top teams in the world in action including our very...


Furnware Cup Draw Released!

Posted on February 21, 2017

Furnware Cup Draw Released We are excited to announce the draw for the Furnware Cup which will showcase 8 strong 1st X1 teams. 4 are from...


Vantage Festival of Hockey is back for 2017!

Posted on February 21, 2017

Vantage Hawke’s Bay Festival back for 2017 Hockey New Zealand and HBSEEC are excited to announce the return of the Vantage Hawke’s Bay...


2017 Festival of Hockey Dates confirmed!

Posted on November 16, 2016

Festival of Hockey Dates confirmed March 31st - 9th April 2017 will be the 4th year the Successful Festival of Hockey will take place with some...


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