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Reinforcements for the European leg of the FIH Pro League for the Black Sticks Men

Published on Friday, 10 May 2019

Reinforcements for the European leg of the FIH Pro League for the Black Sticks Men

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith has named an incredibly strong side for the European leg of the FIH Pro League. The squad sees the return of dynamite strikers Hugo Inglis and Stephen Jenness who will provide some fire power for the Black Sticks Men up front. 

 

Veteran midfielder Marcus Child has been named in the squad and is set to play his 150thmatch for the Vantage Black Sticks next time he takes the pitch. 

 

The Vantage Black Sticks will take on the Netherlands on June 5thin their first match of their European leg before playing matches against Germany, Spain, Belgium and Great Britain. 

 

The European leg is going to be a great opportunity for the side to work on their combinations as they begin their journey to the Oceania Cup in Rockhampton. This will be the first opportunity for the Black Sticks Men to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith commented on the upcoming FIH Pro League Matches “We have been able to select a team from most of the players in the current National Squad. This is with the exception of Blair Tarrant who will undergo back surgery next week and Brad Read who continues to recover from hip surgery. We are also seeing Simon Child return to club hockey and remain hopeful that over the year he will return to the Vantage Black Sticks”

 

“This will be a demanding and exciting tour with travel combined with high quality opposition to challenge us. We will start with Holland before traveling to Germany, Spain, Belgium and finishing with Great Britain in London over a five week duration. Although performing well and getting some results will always be a focus of the Pro League we are also looking toward the second half of the year to get ready to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games”

 

"For this tour we welcome back Jacob Smith who has been in good form for Pinoke in Europe. Jacob will bring physicality and goal scoring threat up front. It will be great to see him back in the team”

 

 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men European Squad

 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

67

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

50

Shea McAleese

Defender

286

Cory Bennett

Defender

84

Dane Lett

Defender

51

Kane Russell

Defender

138

Nic Woods

Midfielder

104

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

268

Nick Ross

Midfielder

105

Marcus Child

Midfielder

149

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

35

Hugo Inglis

Striker

219

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

78

Jared Panchia

Striker

112

Jacob Smith

Striker

62

Dom Newman

Striker

53

Stephen Jenness

Striker

227

Sam Lane

Striker

40

Geroge Muir

Striker

121

 

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