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Vantage Black Sticks named for Four Nations

Published on Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Vantage Black Sticks named for Four Nations

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The Vantage Black Sticks Men are set to open the year with a bang at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Tauranga and Hamilton.

Head coach Darren Smith has named a travelling group of 23 players for the series, which he plans to use as an opportunity to spread game time across a wider group.

Midfielders Shea McAleese and Arun Panchia provide the bulk of experience having played a combined 476 internationals, while there are also 11 athletes who have played less than 50 tests.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to see some top class international hockey in Tauranga and Hamilton,” Smith said about the series.

“Belgium after winning silver in Rio have gone from strength to strength and are in my view the best in the world. India are coming off winning the Asian games and finishing third in the recent World League Final. They are quick, skilful and aggressive.

“Japan are coming onto the international scene strong with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind. In 2017 they knocked over Australia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with their direct and hard-working style.

“For our team it will be the first time that we have been fully together since July 2017 with European club hockey and injury meaning that we operated deep into our extended squad through the October-November period.

“This will allow us to give more opportunities and also get our team in order ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April.”

The University of Waikato Four Nations sees New Zealand host Olympic silver medallists Belgium (world ranking 3rd), India (6th) and Japan (16th) from 17-28 January.

Split across two separate five-day series, Blake Park in Tauranga hosts the action from 17-21 January before teams head to Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton from 24-28 January.

New Zealand last played Belgium and Japan at the Hockey World League Semi Finals in Johannesburg where they recorded a 2-0 defeat and 3-1 victory respectively.

The Black Sticks will also be hunting revenge against India who came away with a 4-0 win in their last clash at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year.

Tickets for all games in Tauranga and Hamilton are available now and start from just $5 through www.dashtickets.co.nz

For those who can’t be there in person, all games will be streamed live on the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page (facebook.com/nzblacksticks) with replays available on demand at the conclusion of the live broadcast.

The University of Waikato Four Nations is proudly supported by Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT), Tauranga City Council and Hamilton City Council.

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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS MEN - UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO FOUR NATIONS

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

David BRYDON

Canterbury

Defender

21

32

Marcus CHILD

Auckland

Midfielder

26

112

George ENERSEN

Canterbury

Goalkeeper

26

26

Daniel HARRIS

North Harbour

Striker

21

9

Hugo INGLIS

Southern

Striker

26

195

Stephen JENNESS

Capital

Striker

27

193

Richard JOYCE

North Harbour

Goalkeeper

25

35

Dane LETT

Capital

Defender

27

9

Devon MANCHESTER

Auckland

Goalkeeper

27

115

Shea McALEESE

Central

Midfielder

32

250

Harry MISKIMMIN

Capital

Defender

23

29

Leo MITAI-WELLS

Midlands

Striker

22

38

George MUIR

North Harbour

Midfielder

23

82

Dominic NEWMAN

Canterbury

Striker

20

16

Arun PANCHIA

Auckland

Midfielder

28

236

Jared PANCHIA

Auckland

Striker

24

73

Hayden PHILLIPS

Central

Midfielder

19

41

Brad READ

Capital

Defender

22

10

Nick ROSS

Southern

Midfielder

27

72

Kane RUSSELL

Southern

Defender

25

106

Aidan SARIKAYA

Midlands

Midfielder

21

2

Blair TARRANT

Southern

Defender

27

171

Nic WOODS

Midlands

Defender

21

69

 

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