Hockey pitch officially opens

Published on Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Sutherlands hockey

A new international-standard synthetic pitch at Sutherlands Park in Huntingdale is already scoring goals for local hockey.

The $2.6 million facility was officially opened on Monday 5 November and summer hockey competitions have already begun on the turf.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the City was thrilled with the project’s completion, and said initial feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“This is the first synthetic hockey pitch in the south-east metropolitan region, and the first community hockey pitch in the region to have LED floodlighting,” he said.

“It’s going to be a huge benefit to local hockey players, from juniors just starting out in the sport, to seniors and even masters teams.

“Because it’s been built to international standards, the pitch will provide opportunities to host international teams at a local facility, and provide clearer playing pathways to local hockey players working their way to elite levels of the sport.”

The City of Gosnells and the State Government together contributed $828,000, Southern River Hockey Club contributed $472, 000 to the project, while the remaining $1.3 million was provided through the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Program.