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FIH Pro League returns

Published on Thursday, 7 March 2019

FIH Pro League returns

After a two week gap in their schedule both Vantage Black Sticks return to action in a Friday night double header at North Harbour Hockey Stadium. 

 

First up is the Vantage Black Sticks Women who will be taking on the up and coming United States Women. Following 2 wins out of 3 at Ngå Puna Wai Sports Hub the Vantage Black Sticks Women will be looking for another strong performance in the hopes of securing their 3rdwin of the FIH Pro League. 

 

After struggling in their opening matches of the FIH Pro League the United States Women put a more convincing performance together against the Australian Women last weekend before eventually succumbing 2-1. They will be looking to back this performance up against a New Zealand side that looks to be finding their feet as the competition progresses. 

 

The Vantage Black Sticks Women put in to convincing performances down in Christchurch which saw them thoroughly outclass the highly ranked Great Britain Women before eventually coming through a tough match against the China Woman 2-0.

 

Look out for Vantage Black Sticks Midfielder Sam Charlton who has so far amassed an incredible 231 caps for her country and seems to be getting stronger as the competition progresses. Sam has been playing a great set up role for her team, however don’t be surprised if she manages to find herself open in the attacking circle and looks to slot home a goal. 

 

Black Sticks Coach Sean Dancer has made 3 changes to the side that beat China in which sees Madison Doar make her Pro League debut and younger sister Katie Doar is set to make her debut at 17 years old for the Vantage Black Sticks Women. 

 

Following this match the Vantage Black Sticks Women will have one day to recover before Argentina comes to town for the second match of the weekend which is on Sunday at 4:40pm. Argentina has had a week off since their last match where they narrowly fell 2-1 to the Netherlands and will be looking to get their Pro League campaign back on track. 

 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs United States. Friday 8thMarch at 5:10pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport

 

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Argentina. Friday 10thMarch at 4:40pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport

 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Sam Charlton

Defender

231

Tarryn Davey

Midfielder

42

Frances Davies

Defender

58

Madison Doar

Striker

30

Ella Gunson

Defender

201

Megan Hull

Defender

9

Rose Keddell

Defender

188

Olivia Merry

Striker

210

Stacey Michelsen ©

Midfielder

265

Brooke Neal

Defender

158

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

43

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

108

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

174

Olivia Shannon

Striker

5

Kelsey Smith

Midfielder

91

Liz Thompson

Defender

178

Amy Robinson

Striker

61

Katie Doar

Defender

Debut

 

 

The Vantage Black Sticks Men will be looking to put a tough couple of matches down in Christchurch behind them as they look to get their FIH Pro League campaign back on track this weekend against Spain. Despite an improved effort on the offensive end the Black Sticks have been struggling to keep the opposition offences at bay. 

 

Spain has been the real surprise team of the Men’s draw as they shocked the World Number 1 side Belgium in the opening match of the FIH Pro League. They also beat the Netherlands side in what has been an impressive opening few rounds for the Spanish Men. Watch out for Enrique Gonzalez who caused a number of problems for the Black Sticks Men at the World Cup and will be looking to put them under pressure once more. 

 

For the Vantage Black Sticks Stephen Jenness returns to the side having missed the previous match against Germany. Watch out if Jenness gets open in the circle as he has a powerful shot and is capable of causing nightmares for opposing defences. 

 

Following on from the match on Friday against Spain the Vantage Black Sticks will turn their attention towards Argentina who have started to put together some impressive performances after their 4-3 win against the Netherlands the previous week. 

 

Dominic Newman will line up for his 50thmatch against the Argentina side in what is sure to be a strong Argentina defence that will be looking to minimise his goal scoring opportunities. 

 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Spain Men. Friday 8thMarch at 7:10pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

62

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

46

Shea McAleese

Defender

281

Nic Woods

Midfielder

101

Dane Lett

Defender

46

Cory Bennett

Defender

79

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

264

Kane Russell

Defender

136

Harry Miskimmin

Midfielder

52

Nick Ross

Midfielder

102

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

30

Marcus Child

Midfielder

145

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

74

Mac Wilcox

Striker

23

Stephen Jenness

Striker

225

Dylan Thomas

Striker

11

Sam Lane

Striker

35

Jared Panchia

Striker

107

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Argentina Men. Friday 10thMarch at 2:40pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

62

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

46

Shea McAleese

Defender

281

Nic Woods

Midfielder

101

Dane Lett

Defender

46

Cory Bennett

Defender

79

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

264

Kane Russell

Defender

136

Dominic Newman

Striker

49

Nick Ross

Midfielder

102

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

30

Marcus Child

Midfielder

145

David Brydon

Defender

46

Mac Wilcox

Striker

23

Stephen Jenness

Striker

225

Dylan Thomas

Striker

11

Sam Lane

Striker

35

George Muir

Striker

117

 

 

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