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18 Mar 2016

Black Sticks eye Rio with Hawke’s Bay team

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

Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has named his team to compete at the Hawke’s Bay Cup, along with two different line-ups for tests against Canada.

Fresh from their series win over world number two ranked Argentina, the Black Sticks look ahead to two matches against Canada in Hamilton over Easter and the Hawke’s Bay Cup from 2-10 April in Hastings.

Two tests against Canada on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th March will give the Black Sticks a timely warm-up before heading to the Hawke’s Bay Cup where they will battle for the title against Australia, China, Korea, Japan, India, Ireland and Canada.

The team for the Hawke’s Bay Cup includes four changes from the side which travelled to Mar del Plata for February’s six test series against Argentina.

Midfielder Anita Punt, goalkeeper Sally Rutherford, striker Charlotte Harrison and defender Julia King all return for the Hawke’s Bay Cup.

Hager said the tournament provides valuable experience and allows them to continue fine tuning player combinations.

“These upcoming tests are a chance for the entire squad to get some good hockey and in particular some of those who didn’t come on the recent tour to Argentina,” he said.

“We have developed a great deal of depth within our squad and now is the opportunity for players to put their hand up and stake a claim.

“At this stage we are still looking to find the perfect balance and combination of players for that crucial selection of 16 players for Rio.”

During the Hawke’s Bay Cup there will be some significant milestones reached with Harrison and Stacey Michelsen likely to eclipse 200 tests for the Black Sticks, while Liz Thompson is approaching their 100th cap.

CLICK HERE for more on the Black Sticks vs Canada in Hamilton

CLICK HERE for more on the Hawke’s Bay Cup

Black Sticks Women
Hawke’s Bay Cup, 2-10 April

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

21

Georgia BARNETT

Central

Goalkeeper

21

25

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

24

159

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

21

88

22

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

25

224

2

Emily GADDUM

Central

Defender

30

263

23

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

195

26

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Defender/Midfielder

25

91

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

22

110

15

Julia KING

Auckland

Defender/Midfielder

23

93

11

Rachel McCANN

Canterbury

Midfielder

22

19

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

24

114

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

25

194

9

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

23

71

18

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

24

39

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

28

222

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

34

105

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

21

97

1

Kayla WHITELOCK

Central

Midfielder/Striker

30

235


Black Sticks Women vs Canada
Test 1, Sunday 27 March


SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

21

88

20

Natasha FITZSIMONS

Midlands

Defender

27

50

2

Emily GADDUM

Central

Defender

30

263

10

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

24

50

28

Shiloh GLOYN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

26

27

27

Jordan GRANT

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

24

58

12

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

26

136

23

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

195

30

Kathryn HENRY

North Harbour

Defender

24

39

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

22

110

15

Julia KING

Auckland

Defender/Midfielder

23

93

11

Rachel McCANN

Canterbury

Midfielder

22

19

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

24

114

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

25

194

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

28

222

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

21

97

1

Kayla WHITELOCK

Central

Midfielder/Striker

30

235


Black Sticks Women vs Canada
Test 2, Monday 28 March

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

24

159

20

Natasha FITZSIMONS

Midlands

Defender

27

50

22

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

25

224

2

Emily GADDUM

Central

Defender

30

263

10

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

24

50

28

Shiloh GLOYN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

26

27

27

Jordan GRANT

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

24

58

12

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

26

136

23

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

195

26

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Defender/Midfielder

25

91

30

Kathryn HENRY

North Harbour

Defender

24

39

15

Julia KING

Auckland

Defender/Midfielder

23

93

11

Rachel McCANN

Canterbury

Midfielder

22

19

9

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

23

71

18

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

24

39

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

28

222

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

34

105

1

Kayla WHITELOCK

Central

Midfielder/Striker

30

235

 

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