Chhattisgarh gives a warm welcome to the Australian team

After their arrival, the team received a traditional welcome with a small cultural performance from locals amidst a large group of fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the much acclaimed and respected Australian men’s hockey team.

Australia are playing a three-match test series against India in Rajnandgaon and Raipur in Chhattisgarh from November 19.   -  The Hindu

The Australian hockey team received a warm welcome after their arrival here at the Raipur International Airport for a three-match test series against India and the Hero Hockey World League Final.

Australia, ranked number one in the FIH World Rankings, are playing a three-match test series against India in Rajnandgaon and Raipur in Chhattisgarh from November 19.

They are also scheduled to compete in the eight-nation Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 which is also being hosted in Raipur later this month.

After their arrival, the team received a traditional welcome with a small cultural performance from locals amidst a large group of fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the much acclaimed and respected Australian men’s hockey team.

“India has always been one of those places we want to come back to. The warm welcome that we have received always has been overwhelming and we are keen to display top level hockey in front of the fans here,” said Graham Reid, Head Coach, Hockey Australia.

“Raipur is a new destination but we all know that we are set to play against an audience who understand and follow the sport and that’s what makes the competition all the more exciting and competitive,” he added.

Australia will take on India in the first Test on November 19th at Rajnandgaon, which would be followed by the last two matches being played at the newly inaugurated Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium, Raipur on November 22nd and 23rd respectively.