29 Nov Two Villa Black Sticks
Jessie Anderson (Year 13) and Rachel McCann (past Head Girl 2010) have both been selected for the NZ Black Sticks squad to play Malaysia in Taranaki in December. What an achievement – we are so proud of you girls!!
Read more from the official announcement below: http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/new-era-for-black-sticks-women
New era for Black Sticks Women
Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has named 12 debutantes for next month’s test series against Malaysia in Taranaki.
The series will see the Kiwis play five tests against the Malaysians at the TET Multisports Centre in Stratford from 12-18 December.
Following on from last week’s 2-1 series win against the Hockeyroos at the Ford Trans-Tasman Trophy, Hager will continue giving some of the country’s top young talent international experience.
From the squad of 22 players, none have played more than 100 tests with striker Samantha Harrison the most experience with 96 caps while Kirsten Pearce is the sole representative from the Rio Olympic team.
It will be an enticing hit-out and progression for several talented young players who are competing at this week’s Women’s Junior World Cup in Chile.
Coach Hager said the time is right to continue the evolution of the Black Sticks group with the Tokyo Olympic Games looming in four years.
“The players selected for this series are with an eye to the future and maintaining competition for positions will continue to develop depth within our playing group,” he said.
“Malaysia will be a good challenge for this group as they have shown excellent progress over 2016.
“To be able to provide an opportunity for 12 debutantes is exciting and builds on our philosophy post Rio of providing opportunity for the wider group.”
Presale tickets from just $5 will go on sale early next week through www.hockeynz.co.nz
The series is proudly supported by the Taranaki Electricty Trust (TET).