More than 1,800 participants will make their way to Lismore in September 2018 for the Men’s Masters Australian Championships, Member for Lismore Thomas George announced today.

The majority of the tournament’s matches will be played in Lismore, with the rest to be played in nearby Ballina. The event was secured for the region by the NSW Government as part of a partnership between its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and Hockey Australia.

Mr George said the event would provide a significant boost to local businesses, accommodation providers and tourism operators.

“Lismore will be buzzing with visitors next September, with more than 1,800 participants including players, coaches, umpires and officials set to travel to the region for the Championships,” Mr George said.

“In addition, there will be hundreds of supporters that accompany the 85 teams that will compete across 16 days of action.

“Lismore is a passionate sporting community, as we saw earlier this year when the Barbarians and Classic Wallabies played at Crozier Park and I know the community will get right behind this event.

“I encourage everyone who comes from outside the region to plan their trip in advance to ensure they have time to experience everything Lismore has to offer, from the many beautiful walks and national parks, pristine beaches that are just a short drive away, cafes and restaurants and world-class hospitality,” he said.

The Men’s Masters Australian Championships is an annual event that has been held since the early 1980s. Players compete in age groups ranging from over 35 to over 75 with more than 300 games played across 16 days.

The 2018 event will take place from 21 September to 6 October. For more information please visit

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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