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Black Sticks Women named for World Cup

Published on Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Black Sticks Women named for World Cup

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Vantage Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has named his side to compete at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London next month.

The New Zealand team includes just one change from the group who won a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

Auckland midfielder Lulu Tuilotolava will suit up for her first major tournament after making her debut during the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations in Cromwell.

It’s an experienced side led by captain Stacey Michelsen (254 tests), while Anita McLaren (264) and Sam Charlton (219) have also played more than 200 matches.

Hager said it’s a strong team with plenty of players who have proven they can match up against the best in the world.

“It’s a very versatile team and we believe there’s a good mix of youth and experience within the group with talent across various positions,” he said.

“We think we’ve got the right balance - all 18 players in the side deserve their spot and I know they are very excited.

“After winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games we probably go in with a bigger target on our backs but hopefully that fuels us to lift even further as a group.”

The Women's Hockey World Cup is the biggest prize and most cherished victory in hockey alongside the Olympics.

Every four years, the Hockey World Cup sees the world’s greatest teams play some of the toughest, most skilful and entertaining international hockey imaginable.

In 2018, the tournament has been extended to 16 teams with teams playing three group stage matches before the elimination phase.

All games will be played at England's 10,000-seater Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

The Vantage Black Sticks Women open their campaign against Belgium (world ranking 13th) on Monday 23 July at 6:00am (NZ time).

The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup takes place later this year in Bhubaneswar, India from 28 November - 16 December, featuring the Vantage Black Sticks Men.

CLICK HERE to visit the official Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup website


VANTAGE BLACK STICKS WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM 
21 July - August 5, 2018 - London

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Midfielder

26

219

1

Tarryn DAVEY

Midlands

Defender/Mid

22

31

5

Frances DAVIES

Midlands

Defender

21

50

29

Madison DOAR

Northland

Striker

18

23

28

Shiloh GLOYN

Midlands

Striker

28

68

12

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Defender

28

191

2

Sam HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

149

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender

24

176

32

Anita McLAREN

Capital

Midfielder

30

264

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

26

198

31

Stacey MICHELSEN (c)

Northland

Midfielder

27

254

9

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

25

147

15

Grace O’HANLON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

25

34

6

Amy ROBINSON

Midlands

Mid/Striker

22

49

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

36

164

25

Kelsey SMITH

Capital

Striker

23

79

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

23

166

30

Lulu TUILOTOLAVA

Auckland

Mid/Defender

21

6


POOLS & SCHEDULE

In Pool A, the world number one side and current holders of the World Cup, Netherlands, await the challenge of Asian giants China and Korea as well as rising European stars Italy.

Pool B is headed by the host nation and world number two team England. They will face tough challenges from USA, who won the 2017 Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg, recently crowned Asian champions India, and Ireland.

Argentina are ranked number three in the world, and they have European rivals Germany and Spain to contend with, along with African continental champions South Africa in Pool C.

Pool D sees Oceania rivals the Vantage Black sticks and Australia go head to head along with Japan and 2017 Rabobank EuroHockey Championship runners-up Belgium.

VANTAGE BLACK STICKS WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE (in NZ time)

Monday 23rd July - 6:00am

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Belgium

Tuesday 24th July - 11:00pm

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Japan

Sunday 29th July - 7:00am

 

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Australia

Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st July

 

Post Pool Cross-Overs

 

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd August

 

Quarter Finals

 

Saturday 4th August

 

Semi Finals

 

Sunday 5th August

 

Medal Matches

 

 

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