Auckland have plenty of international experience to call on

The Auckland sides to contest the Ford NHL starting on Saturday in Tauranga has been named. Both the Men’s and Women’s sides feature several Vantage Black Sticks and will be shaping up as one of the favourites for both competitions. The Auckland Men will welcome Simon and Marcus Child back into their side after both of them not being available for the 2018 Ford NHL

Auckland Women

  1. Sophia Howard (GK)
  2. Belinda Smith
  3. Breana Catley
  4. Amelia Marlow
  5. Tyler Lench
  6. Katie Doar
  7. Tayla White
  8. Madison Doar
  9. Lydia Velzian
  10. Deanna Ritchie
  11. Julia King
  12. Liz Thompson
  13. Victoria Methven
  14. Rose Tynan
  15. Lulu Tuilotolava
  16. Jasmin McQuinn
  17. Megan Phillips
  18. Olivia Grigg (GK)
  19. Isabella Gill

Head Coach: Kirsten Spencer

Assistant Coach: Franki Traini

Manager: Robyn Neil

Physiotherapist: Melissa Simpson

The Auckland Women have named a squad which features six players who have played in the Vantage Black Sticks side in the past twelve months including recent international returnee Julia King who will return to the side after the jubilation of being part of the New Zealand side that defeated the Hockeyroos in the Oceania Cup. Auckland finished a disappointing fourth place in 2018 and will be looking for first time NHL head coach Kirsten Spencer to improve on this result in 2019. Look for the Doar sisters to add some significant go forward for this Auckland team who will be looking to mix youth and experience in their quest for the K Cup.

14th September vs Canterbury at 2:30pm

15th September vs Southern at 1:45pm

16th September vs North Harbour at 1:30pm

2018 Final Placing: 4th

Auckland Men

  1. Ruan Bezuidenhout (GK)
  2. Shae Iswar
  3. Jared Panchia
  4. Joe Hanks
  5. Sanesh Lala
  6. Leo Mitai-Wells
  7. Nick Finlayson
  8. Kim Kingstone
  9. Chris Ashton
  10. Daniel Easton
  11. Hamish McGeorge
  12. Jonty Keaney
  13. Zander Fraser
  14. Dwayne Rowsell
  15. Harrison Lawson
  16. Daniel Panchia
  17. Simon Child
  18. Marcus Child
  19. Leon Hayward (GK)

Head Coach: James Grant

Assistant Coach: Warren Birmingham

Team Manager: Sandie Mackie

Stand-In Manager: Robyn Neil

Physiotherapist: Paul White

The Auckland Men also feature a vast amount of international experience in their side, Simon Child will return to the Auckland set up for the first time since before the Rio Olympics. Look for both Child brothers to combine as they look to get the Auckland side on the front foot from the start of the competition. The Auckland side features several upcoming young players and will look to play an up-tempo brand of hockey that will maximise the speed this side has on offer.


14th September vs Central at 2:15pm

15th September vs Tasmania at 2:00pm

17th September vs Capital at 1:30pm

2018 Final Placing: 4th

Posted on Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 | FeatureNHL