Men’s Masters Hockey Championships provides economic boon to Bunbury

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 

The Australian Men’s Masters Hockey Championships comes to Bunbury later this week for 16 days of competition at the Bunbury Hockey Stadium.  

Beginning Friday, 53 interstate and 23 Western Australian teams representing the metropolitan and country regions will take part in 276 matches over the Masters.   

The championships are supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program and jointly hosted by the City of Busselton.  

In excess of 1800 participants and officials will stay, play and spend in the South West region for the biggest men’s Masters hockey event ever held in the southern hemisphere. 

According to Nielsen Sports data the average daily spend of participants is $154 per person and the championships will result in more than 23,000 ‘bed nights’ at South West accommodation houses.  

Many of the participants extend their stay and will be accompanied by partners and family resulting in an estimated economic injection into the region of $5.5 million. 

The City of Bunbury has supported the Masters Hockey Championships to the value of $80,000 with contributions to both the men’s and women’s (2018) events.   

Mayor Gary Brennan said not only was the economic benefit significant but added vibrancy to the City. 

“On behalf of Council I wish to welcome the athletes and their families to this place we call paradise and encourage them to explore while they are here,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“I also encourage the community to get behind this great event.” 

Hockey Australia Masters Co-Chair Norman Same said it was going to be a fantastic week of competition. 

“Hockey Australia Masters is looking forward to bringing this year’s Mens Masters Championships to the South West, enjoying the region and having our players not only playing great hockey but taking home some very special memories of their trip to the area,” Mr Same said. 

The championships kick off on Friday 27 September until Saturday 12 October. For more information click here