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Black Sticks Women unchanged for match against China

Published on Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Black Sticks Women unchanged for match against China

Last week against Australia saw the Black Sticks women return to form and stun the Australian women 3-1 on their home pitch. The result kept the New Zealand side in touch with the top four and kept alive their hopes of making the FIH Pro League finals weekend. 

 

The New Zealand women last played China down in Christchurch a few weeks ago in a match that was a tightly fought contest. The kiwis came out 2-0 victors on the day but were made to work hard to earn the result. China will be entering the match confidently after they dispatched of the German side 2-1 in the previous weeks action. 

 

Black Sticks coach Sean Dancer commented after the Australia match “The match against Australia was important for a number of reasons. To get the result against such a quality side was pleasing. We need to make sure we recover well ahead of what is going to be a tough match against China”.

 

Dancer has left his side unchanged from the side which was victorious over the Australian team. This sees young midfielder Holly Pearson line up for her second match for the Black Sticks women. 

 

Look out for Olivia Merry up front. Every match that Merry has scored in during the Pro League has seen the Black Sticks go on to win. Merry now leads the league in goals having amassed a whopping 8 goals in the competition so far. If she gets any space in the circle look out for her booming forehand shot. 

 

On the China side watch the incredible saves that their goalkeeper Jiao Ye will make as she aims to frustrate the kiwi strikers and make them work for any potential goals. 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs China. Friday 22 March at 9:00pm. Coverage is on Spark Sport
 

Name

Position

Caps

Sam Charlton

Defender

234

Tarryn Davey

Midfielder

45

Frances Davies

Defender

61

Steph Dickins

Defender

17

Ella Gunson

Defender

204

Megan Hull

Defender

12

Rose Keddell

Defender

191

Olivia Merry

Striker

213

Stacey Michelsen ©

Midfielder

268

Brooke Neal

Defender

161

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

46

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

111

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

177

Shiloh Gloyn

Striker

82

Tessa Jopp

Midfielder

20

Liz Thompson

Defender

181

Amy Robinson

Striker

64

Holly Pearson

Midfielder

1

 

 

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