Exhibition hockey match: New South Wales XI, Odisha XI teams reach Steel City

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Rourkela: New South Wales (Australia) XI and Odisha XI on Saturday arrived in Rourkela to play their second exhibition match to be held at Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Sector-5 of the Steel City tomorrow.

Both the teams reached Rourkela today morning and received a grand welcome at Rourkela Railway Station from where the visitor’s team was escorted to Hotel Mayfair.

While both the teams are excited about their upcoming match, they will have a practice session later today in the stadium.

According to reports, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to grace the occasion as the chief guest. Ahead of the CM’s visit, the administration will press in 20 platoons of police forces at Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium to maintain law and order.

On Thursday Odisha XI won against New South Wales Institutes of Sport (NSWIS) 5-1 in an exhibition hockey match held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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