By Tara Murray
Craigieburn Falcons are hoping to take the overall lead in the Diwali Cup with the Victoria Police Hockey team.
Playing each other for the third time this year, the two sides are locked at one win apiece.
The match will be the centerpiece of an expanded Diwali Cup, which will this year run over two days in Craigieburn.
Falcons Sikander Sharma said the event was growing each year.
He said the event was about building the relationship between the club, community and police, while also celebrating Diwali.
“I’m also a Vic Police member,” he said.
“Vic Police are always keen to support the community and when we set up the club, we set up this day.
“There’s a team of police members and local members attend the day, and we come together as a community.
“There’s also people from family violence area and people from recruitment to try and get people involved in Vic Police.
Having run over one day the last two years, the event has expanded to two days this year on the weekend of November 16
As well as the hockey, there will be cultural performances and free food on the Saturday.
There will be six senior men’s teams, two women’s teams and six junior teams coming from across Melbourne to compete.
Teams from United Khalsa, Aussie-Punjabis and Melbourne Sikh United will have teams playing across the weekend.
The main match, between the Falcons and Vic Police will be held on 11.30am on Sunday November 17.