News

18 Oct 2013

Child, Edwards, McAleese back for Oceania Cup

Child, Edwards, McAleese back for Oceania Cup

Author: Hockey NZ  /  Categories: Hockey New Zealand News  / 

Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

Head coach Colin Batch has named his team to take on world champions Australia as well as Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki at the end of this month.

Simon Child and Steve Edwards return after a break from the team along with Shea McAleese who has recovered from injury. North Harbour players James Coughlan and Joe Bartholomew are also new additions since World League Three.

“We are all really looking forward to getting the competition underway, we are confident to play Australia and are looking forward to the challenge, it will be testing for us, but sets the scene for a big year of hockey in 2014,” said Batch.

“To have Simon, Steve [Edwards] and Shea back in the team is great. They are Olympians and bring a level of experience to the team that gives us that good balance.”

The Black Sticks Men come together next week for a National Squad camp at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health Centre on the North Shore before travelling down to Stratford ahead of their first game which is against Papua New Guinea.

“With the whole squad together next week we will have some more tactical based trainings - with two squad games scheduled as well. This camp is really the start of our 2014 World Cup campaign and throughout the week we will set in place a number of things that we want to achieve over the next twelve months,” said Batch.

Andy Hayward, Nick Wilson, Shay Neal, Brad Shaw and Blair Hilton have not been named due to injury but are likely to be available for selection for the World League Final in January.

Junior Black Sticks George Muir and Kane Russell will continue to focus on their preparation for Junior World Cup in New Delhi from December 5-15.

Phil Burrows, Shea McAleese and Nick Haig are returning from Europe where they have been playing club hockey.

“The team have really been enjoying the training sessions recently and we are looking forward to the wider squad coming back together next week for the camp and then facing some strong competition at Oceania Cup.”

The Black Sticks Women’s team for Oceania Cup will be announced on Tuesday 22 October.

The Oceania Cup is from 30 October-3 November at the TET MultiSport Centre in Stratford.  The Black Sticks Men play Papua New Guinea at 3.30pm on Wednesday 30 October, Australia at 7.30pm on Thursday 31 October and Samoa at 2pm on Saturday 2 November with finals on Sunday. Tickets are selling fast, and can be purchased at www.ticketdirect.co.nz.

Black Sticks Men – Oceania Cup
TET MultiSports Centre, Stratford, Taranaki
30 Oct-3 Nov

 

Shirt

Name


Age

Caps

29

Hugo INGLIS

Southern

22

107

27

Stephen JENNESS

Capital

23

87

6

Simon CHILD

Auckland

25

179

1

James COUGHLAN

North Harbour

23

20

14

Jared PANCHIA

Auckland

19

18

25

Shea MCALEESE

Central

29

181

31

Steven EDWARDS

North Harbour

27

155

24

Arun PANCHIA

Auckland

24

110

18

Phil BURROWS

Capital

33

303

13

Marcus CHILD

Auckland

22

40

8

Dean COUZINS

Auckland

32

286

4

Nick HAIG

Canterbury

26

119

22

Blair TARRANT

Southern

23

81

2

Cory BENNETT

North Harbour

22

18

3

Joseph BARTHOLOMEW

North Harbour

25

16

19

Alex SHAW

Capital

23

27

16

Hamish MCGREGOR

Southern

25

19

20

Devon MANCHESTER

Auckland

23

15

Number of views (1522)      Comments (0)

Tags:

GET OUT ON THE TURF

Find a local club and play hockey!

INNER CIRCLE NEWSLETTER


Email: