Champions Trophy Update - Brisbane 1999

With the completion of the 20th Men's Champions Trophy in Lahore, Pakistan and a decision by the FIH Council regarding England's status for 21st Men's Champions Trophy after a withdrawal from this year's event, the final field of participants for Brisbane is now set.

The panel for the Brisbane men's event includes the top five finishers from Lahore: Netherlands, Pakistan, Australia, Korea and Spain. England joins the field after being reinstated in the tournament by the FIH Council (related story on previous page).

The field for the 7th Women's Champions Trophy, which was determined on completion of the 1998 World Cup (there was no Women's Champions Trophy in 1998) includes: Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Korea and New Zealand, the top six teams from the 1998 Women's World Cup.

With the confirmation of the participating teams, the Brisbane organisers are now busy preparing a final competition proposal, which will be submitted to the FIH for approval.

The FIH Council, in its November meeting, also confirmed the appointment of the men's and women's Tournament Directors. Janet Ellis of Canada has confirmed her acceptance of the top technical official's spot. The Tournament Director for the men's event will be announced upon confirmation.

From the organisers…

  • Tournament marketing efforts in Australia are continuing to lay the groundwork for success. A launch of the 1999 FIH Champions Trophy was held on November 24 for members of the media and Australian businesspeople. The formal evening reception was held to introduce hockey to the business community and to encourage their support of the most significant international hockey event in 1999.
  • Australia's most successful Coach, Ric Charlesworth, was on hand to lend his support for the launch. Charlesworth, coach of the Australian women's hockey team, spoke of the significance of the 1999 tournament in international competition and the importance of holding the tournament on home soil in the lead up to the 2000 Olympic Games.
  • Corporate packages were introduced by the organisers in November. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still negotiable. Interested parties should contact tournament General Manager, Don McGrath (details below).
  • The tournament mascot, Trappa was also launched in November. As a gender-neutral character, Trappa will become the identifiable symbol of both the men's and women's tournaments. The 1999 Champions Trophy has started merchandising items including Trappa, as well incorporating the mascot into letterhead, business cards, posters and event information.
  • Ticket sales have steadily increased over the past months in the lead up to Christmas and as the price of tickets rises in the New Year. Tickets can be ordered and paid for through the tournament website (address below), or by faxing the order form that can be downloaded from the site, or by phone at +61 7 3331 9054.
  • Available accommodation is filling quickly at Rydges Hotel - the official Champions Trophy hotel - so it is recommended that international visitors to Australia for the event make contact with Ozaccom (the accommodation agent) in Australia if they are interested there. More details on Ozaccom can be found on the official tournament web site (address below), or by contacting them directly at +61 7 3854 1611 (phone) and +61 7 3854 1507, or feel free to contact the Champions Trophy management office.
  • Members of the media seeking accommodation information or wishing to book should contact Kim Saunders at the Champions Trophy management office.
  • The latest newsletter, with all updated information on the event, is available on the 1999 Champions Trophy web site, by e-mailing your request to [email protected] or by contacting the organisers on +61 7 3876 3633 or fax +61 7 3876 3056. The 1999 Champions Trophy web site address is: