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Black Sticks Name Sides to take on Australia

Published on Friday, 15 March 2019

Black Sticks Name Sides to take on Australia

The Vantage Black Sticks Women will be looking to put a tough performance against Argentina behind them. The New Zealand Women will be taking part in their first overseas match of the FIH Pro League as they look to get the better of their neighbours Australia. 

 

The Kiwi Women who are currently sitting 5thon the Pro League table will be looking to keep in touch with the top 4 when they come up against an Australian Women’s team who are looking to move into first place on the table. 

 

Australia have been the competitions offensive experts where they have scored 13 goals in their first 6 matches. The New Zealand Women are not to far behind this mark having scored 11 goals in their 7 matches so far. 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Coach Sean Dancer has made 4 changes to the teams that contested the matches against the USA and Argentina. Holly Pearson from Central has been named in the side to make her debut.

 

Sean Dancer commented ahead of the match “We need to look at some of our key movements and be more aggressive against Australia”

 

Watch out for Australia’s Mariah Williams who has returned from a series of injuries to rediscover her goal scoring form as she leads the Australian side with 3 goals for the tournament. 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Australia. Sunday 17thMarch at 7:00pm. Coverage is on Spark Sport

 

Name

Position

Caps

Sam Charlton

Defender

233

Tarryn Davey

Midfielder

44

Frances Davies

Defender

60

Steph Dickins

Defender

16

Ella Gunson

Defender

203

Megan Hull

Defender

11

Rose Keddell

Defender

190

Olivia Merry

Striker

212

Stacey Michelsen ©

Midfielder

267

Brooke Neal

Defender

160

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

45

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

110

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

176

Shiloh Gloyn

Striker

81

Tessa Jopp

Midfielder

19

Liz Thompson

Defender

180

Amy Robinson

Striker

63

Holly Pearson

Midfielder

Debut

 

 

The Black Sticks Men will be hoping that a change of scenery brings a change in their fortunes. Despite some promising play in their recent matches the Black Sticks Men are still searching for their first win of the FIH Pro League. 

 

The New Zealand Men pushed Spain to the brink on Friday evening before the Spanish stormed back with two late goals to send the match into a shootout which Spain eventually would go on to win. 

 

The Black Sticks have made 3 changes to the previous weekend which sees experienced midfielder Hayden Phillips coming back into the match day squad to replace Marcus Child. 

 

The Australian Men have been enjoying a successful start to the FIH Pro League where they sit 2ndon the table behind only World Champions Belgium. Australia has scored an impressive 14 goals in the tournament so far. Jacob Anderson who is new to the international game is leading the Australian goal scoring charge having scored 3 goals in the 4 matches he has played. 

 

Watch out for Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers who are two of the most feared drag flickers in the world and have yet to find the back of the net in the tournament, something that they will be looking to rectify against the Black Sticks on Sunday. 

 

For the Vantage Black Sticks look out for Dylan Thomas who scored his first international goal against Spain on Friday evening and will be looking to build on this and use his speed and powerful shot to put the Kiwis on the front foot. 

 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Australia Men. Sunday 17thMarch at 5:00pm. Coverage is on Spark Sport 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

64

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

47

Shea McAleese

Defender

283

Nic Woods

Midfielder

103

Dane Lett

Defender

48

Cory Bennett

Defender

81

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

266

David Brydon

Defender

46

Harry Miskimmin

Midfielder

53

Nick Ross

Midfielder

104

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

32

Dominic Newman

Striker

50

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

75

Mac Wilcox

Striker

25

George Muir

Striker

118

Dylan Thomas

Striker

12

Sam Lane

Striker

37

Jared Panchia

Striker

109

 

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