Hockey One

The Sultana Bran Hockey One is a field hockey competition organised by Hockey Australia, which replaced the Australian Hockey League.[1][2][3][4]

Hockey One
Hockey One logo.png
FormerlyAustralian Hockey League
SportField hockey
Founded2019
No. of teams7
CountryAustralia Australia
ContinentOceania (OHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
New South Wales NSW Pride (M)
Queensland Brisbane Blaze (W)
Official websitehockeyone.com.au

The competition serves as Australia's premier domestic hockey league, helping unearth future talent for selection to the Australian national teams; the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos.[5]

NSW Pride men and Brisbane Blaze women were the inaugural tournament champions, taking out the 2019 titles.[6]

HistoryEdit

The Sultana Bran Hockey One was founded on 17 April 2019. The tournament was formed following an overhaul of the Australian Hockey League, and replaced the tournament to serve as Australia's premier hockey competition.[5]

Following a series of rule innovations during the 2018 men's and women's AHL tournaments, Hockey Australia made the decision to disband the premier competition, making way for the new domestic league.[7]

On 23 September 2019, Hockey Australia confirmed that the new league had secured a major partnership with Kellogg's, with naming rights also afforded to the company, forming the Sultana Bran Hockey One.[8] The following day it was confirmed that Westfund Health Insurance had been named as a supporting partner.[9]

COVID-19 pandemicEdit

Following a successful first season of the Sultana Bran Hockey One in 2019, the second edition was hotly anticipated for commencement in late 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league's second season has been postponed until 2021.[10] The decision was made by the Hockey One board on 24 March 2020 following consultations with Hockey Australia and the seven member associations in the league, all of which being unable to financially support the program later in the year.[11]

The postponement was not only made to benefit associations financially, but also on account of restrictions put into place by the Government of Australia, which prohibited mass-gatherings and sporting events.[12]

FormatEdit

Seven teams will compete in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches, played from late September to mid November, with the top four teams advancing to the finals round at a pre-determined location.[13]

TeamsEdit

The seven teams to compete in the Sultana Bran Hockey One come from Australia's states and territories, with the Northern Territory being the only team absent.[14]

Men's tournamentEdit

SummariesEdit

Year Hosts Gold Medal Match Third and Fourth
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place 4th place
2019 Melbourne, Victoria  
NSW Pride
8–3  
Brisbane Blaze
 
Tassie Tigers
 
HC Melbourne
2021 TBD

StatisticsEdit

Men's Statistics
Year Player of the League Highest Goalscorer(s) Player of the Final
2019 Eddie Ockenden (Tigers) Blake Govers (Pride) Flynn Ogilvie (Pride)

Women's tournamentEdit

SummariesEdit

Year Hosts Gold Medal Match Third and Fourth
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place 4th place
2019 Melbourne, Victoria  
Brisbane Blaze
1–1
(3–2 pen.)
 
HC Melbourne
 
Adelaide Fire
 
Canberra Chill
2021 TBD

StatisticsEdit

Women's Statistics
Year Player of the League Highest Goalscorer(s) Player of the Final
2019 Shihori Oikawa (Chill) 4 Players (see list) Ambrosia Malone (Blaze)

BroadcastingEdit

In an attempt to engage fans, every game of the Hockey One league will be broadcast live throughout Australia. All matches will be broadcast live via streaming service Kayo Sports, in addition, all finals matches will be shown live on FOX Sports.[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hockey One - REAL HOCKEY. REIMAGINED". hockeyone.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ Helmers, Caden (17 April 2019). "Chill factor: Hockey league revamped". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Heraldsun.com.au | Subscribe to the Herald Sun for exclusive stories". www.heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Couriermail.com.au | Subscribe to The Courier Mail for exclusive stories". www.couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "A New Era Begins - Hockey One Is Here!". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Hockey Australia: Altiusrt". hockeyaustralia.altiusrt.com. Hockey Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  7. ^ "'Fully revised' Australian Hockey League delayed until 2019". The Melville Times. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Sultana Bran announced as naming rights partner for Hockey One League". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ "WESTFUND HEALTH INSURANCE JOINS NEW HOCKEY ONE LEAGUE AS SUPPORTING PARTNER". Ministry of Sport. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Hockey One campaigns for South Coast stick duo postponed until 2021". southcoastregister.com.au. South Coast Register. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Sultana Bran Hockey One 2020 Season postponed". hockeyone.com.au. Hockey One. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Limits on public gatherings for coronavirus (COVID-19)". health.gov.a. Government of Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Hockey One - Whats the Format?". hockeyone.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b "NEW LEAGUE AND TV DEAL FOR HOCKEY". thewomensgame.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2019.