Southern sides looking for redemption in 2019

Southern Hockey have named their squads for the 2019 Ford NHL which begins on the 14th of September in Tauranga. The Southern sides have drawn tough pools against South Island rivals Canterbury and North Harbour which are always one of the sides to beat throughout this tournament.

Southern Dogs

2.   Johnny Thorn

3.   Maxwell Rasmussen

4.   Josh Smith

5.   Jordan Ward

6.   Troy Mansfield

7.   Nick Elder

8.   Callum Dempster

9.   Kailin Dayal

10. Stirling Milicich

11. Malachi Buschl

12. Finn Ward

14. Joe O’Connor

15. Kieran O’Connor

16. Dylan Thomas

17. Nathan Gilbert

18. Craig Turner

GK. Matthew Van Aardt

GK. Hamish Van Dyk

Head Coach: Clive Daniels

Manager: Debbie Thorn

Physiotherapist: Jai Hira

Southern will be led in experience by three players who have recently had international experience in Midfielders Nick Elder and Malachi Buschl as well as striker Kieran O’Connor. This experienced core will be looking to help the Southern Dogs build on what was a tough 2018 campaign that saw the side finish the season in 7th spot. 

Southern Coach Clive Daniels stated the sides goals for 2018 “We are definitely aiming for the top four. Having guys like Nick Elder and Kieran O’Connor having represented the Vantage Black Sticks is going to be big for us” 

Schedule

14th September 6:15pm vs North Harbour 

15th September 6:00pm vs Canterbury

17th September 7:30pm vs Midlands

Southern will begin their campaign against North Harbour who lost the 2018 NHL final in an agonizing shootout loss to Capital. The last time Southern met North Harbour they fell 4-2 in what was a tough battle. Southern will be looking to cause a few upsets in what looks to be an incredibly tough pool. 

2018 Final Placing: 7th


Southern Storm

1.   Brooke Eddie

2.   Claudia Peyroux

3.   Tegan Buchanan

4.   Dayna Holland

5.   Ellie Duncan

6.   Kendall Holland

7.   Paige Waddington

8.   Nicole Strawbridge

9.   Annabelle Lee

10. Millie Cowan

12. Maddie Wotton

13. Thomasina Loeffen

14. Caitlin Hughes

15. Lucy Turner

16. Claire Bamford

17. Taylor Duffy

GK. Joanna Bell

GK. Kelly Carline

Head Coach: Matt Ling

Assistant Coach: Regan Bain

Manager: John Thorn

Manager: Gemma Aston

Physiotherapist: James Montgomery

To say that the past few seasons have been tough for the Southern Storm is an understatement, the team is currently in a 26 game losing streak that dates back to 2015. 2019 looks to be the year that Southern can break this streak and start to put together some strong performances. The Southern Storm pushed Canterbury all the way in a pre season match before eventually falling 2-1, despite the loss the Southern Women will take plenty of positives out of the performance. 

Schedule

14th September 12:30pm vs North Harbour

15th September 11:45am vs Auckland 

16th September 3:30pm vs Canterbury 

The Southern Storm will begin their campaign like the Southern Dogs against a strong North Harbour side who took out the 2018 title and look to return the majority of that side in 2019. They will then go onto play Auckland and Canterbury as they aim to make the top four for the first time in more than five years. 

2018 Final Placing: 8th

Posted on Sunday, 25 August, 2019 | Other