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8 Mar 2016

Spirited Black Sticks Women’s squad named

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

Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has confirmed the 2016 National Squad in the lead-up to the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Having just returned home following their series win over world number two ranked Argentina, the Black Sticks now switch focus to two tests against Canada over Easter and the Hawke’s Bay Cup in April.

It’s one of the strongest and most experienced squads named in recent years with four players who have played more than 200 internationals.

Experienced campaigners Kayla Whitelock and Emily Naylor, who have 498 caps between them, have both been named along with Anita Punt (222) and Gemma Flynn (224).



Hager said selections were extremely tough given the depth of players that has been built over the past few years.

“This is a really strong group of athletes who are vying for Rio Olympic selection later in the year. We have built great depth and healthy competition between all squad members,” he said.

“The experience within this group will greatly benefit all players as they strive to become better and push hard for the final selection ahead of Rio.

“All squad members are looking forward to the challenge Rio will present and are excited about what opportunities will come over the next six months.”

Whitelock impressed during the recent six test Argentina series in what was her first taste of international hockey since the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Following the Glasgow Games she took a hiatus from the sport which included the birth of daughter Addison, but is now fully committed to helping the Black Sticks achieve their goals.

“I believe this is the strongest squad I've been involved in to date with really tough competition for spots leading into Rio,” Whitelock said.

“I’m excited about the challenge of continuing to work my way back into the team. I know it’s not going to be easy and a lot has changed since I played last.

“As a team we have great confidence for this year with genuine belief we can achieve something special at the Olympics.”

Next up for the Black Sticks Women on the road to Rio are two tests against Canada on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 March at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton.

Leading on from that is the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings from 2-10 April where the Black Sticks (ranked 4th) will battle it out for the title along with Australia (3rd), China (5th), Korea (9th), Japan (10th), India (13th), Ireland (15th) and Canada (19th).

Teams for both events will be named later this month.

2016 WOMEN’S NATIONAL SQUAD

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Georgia BARNETT

Central

Goalkeeper

21

25

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

24

159

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

21

88

Natasha FITZSIMONS

Midlands

Defender

27

50

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

25

224

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

24

50

Shiloh GLOYN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

26

27

Jordan GRANT

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

24

58

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

26

136

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

195

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Defender/Midfielder

25

91

Kat HENRY

North Harbour

Defender

24

39

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

22

110

Julia KING

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

23

93

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

23

114

Rachel McCANN

Canterbury

Midfielder

22

19

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

25

194

Emily NAYLOR

Central

Defender

30

263

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

23

71

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

24

39

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

28

222

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

34

105

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

21

97

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

Striker/Midfielder

27

133

Kayla WHITELOCK

Central

Midfielder/Striker

30

235

 

2016 WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD               

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Michaela CURTIS

Central

Striker

22

36

Stephanie DICKINS

North Harbour

Midfielder

21

-

Maddie DOWE

Auckland

Midfielder

18

4

Erin GOAD

North Harbour

Defender/Midfielder

22

3

Tessa JOPP

Southern

Midfielder

20

-

Tyler LENCH

Auckland

Striker

18

-

Aniwaka ROBERTS

Capital

Defender/Midfielder

26

67

Amy ROBINSON

Midlands

Striker

22

-

Kelsey SMITH

Capital

Striker/Midfielder

21

9

Jenny STOREY

Canterbury

Defender

23

9


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