Falcons snatch the win in the dying seconds against the Alpiners

The Hauraki Mavericks got their Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League off to a fantastic start with a convincing 2-0 win over the Northern Tridents. The Mavericks would hit the lead early in the first quarter and then keep the Tridents at bay through the rest of the contest behind a strong defensive effort. 

Only minutes into the match the Hauraki Mavericks got themselves onto the scoreboard when Jacob Soo Choon would broke down the left-hand side of the field and pulled out a ripping a reverse stick shot past the Tridents goalkeeper that put the hometown side in the lead. 

The Mavericks extended their lead midway through the first quarter when Nic Woods surged into the circle driving along the baseline before laying the ball back to the spot for Simon Child to tap in a straightforward goal.

Following the setback of the second goal, the Northern Tridents managed to regroup and started to construct several opportunities themselves. The Tridents went into the halftime break knowing that they had more circle entries than the Mavericks and that they were still within striking distance of the Mavericks entering the second spell. 

The second half would prove to be a tactical battle as the Tridents aimed to get themselves back into the contest as they shifted the Mavericks defence from side to side on the turf. In the end, it was a stoic defence that would deny every Tridents opportunity and seal the four points for the Mavericks. 

Both teams will take a well-earned rest day before returning to the turf on Saturday. 

Hauraki Mavericks 2 (Jacob Soo Choon 1 min, Simon Child 12 min)

Northern Tridents 0

The battle between the Southern Alpiners and Central Falcons has finished with an exhilarating last-second goal from the Falcons to seal an exciting 2-1 win over the Alpiners. The match was a high-quality encounter between two sides who are looking formidable early on in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League.

The first quarter was a tactical match which would see the midfield of both teams playing with some attacking intent as they searched for weaknesses in the opposition defence. The Alpiners were looking resolute on defence and would have better scoring chances in the first quarter however neither side was able to trouble the scorers in a fast-paced and open first quarter. 

The Falcons came out in the second quarter firing and started to put the Alpiners under immense pressure as they searched for the opening goal. In the sixth minute of the second quarter, Jordan Cohen threaded a great ball into the circle to Nick Wilson. Not worried about the Alpiners goalkeeper Wilson avoided the defence and put in a slick reverse shot to put the Falcons up 1-0. 

The highly competitive contest resumed in the third quarter as both sides stepped up the physical play and skill on the pitch. The Falcons would go incredibly close on several occasions to extending their lead. George Enersen was pulling off some clutch saves to deny the Falcons attacking unit and keep the lead at only 1-0. 

The Alpiners continued to persist throwing everything they had at the Falcons defence. With ten minutes to go, the Alpiners were rewarded when a strong baseline drive would see a ball go across the face of the goal to an open Dominic Newman to touch the ball into the goal. 

With time running down quickly in the match the Alpiners would go agonizingly close on several occasions only for the post and the Falcons goalkeeper Dominic Dixon to deny them. The contest seemed to be heading towards a penalty shootout before a miracle behind the back pass from Harry Miskimmin went to a diving Joe Hanks for the winning goal with only two seconds remaining on the clock. 

Southern Alpiners 1 (Dominic Newman 50 min)

Central Falcons 2 (Nick Wilson 21 min, Joe Hanks 60 min)

Tridents keep their position at the top of the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League ladder

The Northern Tridents have extended their lead at the top of the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League with a commanding 4-1 win over the Southern Alpiners. The match was closer than the score reflected as for the first half the game was hanging in the balance. 

The Northern Tridents entered their match against the Southern Alpiners full of confidence following wins against the Hauraki Mavericks and Central Falcons. The match opened with end to end hockey as both teams would go close on several occasions. In the end it was the Alpiners who would strike first through Olivia Merry with a deft touch off a crash ball into the circle that made its way past goalkeeper Brooke Roberts. 

The Tridents found themselves trailing entering the second quarter for the first time in the Premier Hockey League. They rebounded outstandingly when a crash ball of their own from Steph Dickins which hit the post, Kate Ivory grabbed the rebound and smashed it between goalkeeper Kirsty Nations legs. Only moments before the halftime break the Northern Tridents would hit the lead when the ball rebounded off the Alpiners goalkeeper, and a heads up play by Tridents striker Kirsten Pearce would see her touch the ball over the goalline. 

They were buoyed by taking the lead just before the halftime break, the Tridents further cemented their hold on the match early in the second half when a tremendous bouncing ball into the circle found Kirsten Pearce. She would then chip the ball over the goalkeeper’s shoulder for her second goal of the match. 

The Southern Alpiners entered the final quarter in desperate need of goals. Unfortunately for the Alpiners, they suffered a further setback midway through the fourth quarter when Rose Tynan jumped on a turnover deep in the Alpiners half and her reverse stick shot deflected into the goal past the Alpiners goalkeeper. The Tridents looked to be in a commanding position in the match as they aimed to close out their weekend and finish on 10 points for the competition. 

Southern Alpiners 1 (Olivia Merry 15 min)

Northern Tridents 4 (Kate Ivory 17 min, Kirsten Pearce 30, 36 min, Rose Tynan 55 min)

The Central Falcons have gone down in a penalty shootout for the second time in two days following a tight tussle between the Mavericks and Falcons as they battled to secure second place on the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League table. In the end, it was the Mavericks who would hold their nerve to secure the penalty shootout 3-2. 

The Mavericks entered their match against the Falcons with confidence after coming from behind in their previous game against the Southern Alpiners. The match started as an arm wrestle with both teams stifling any opportunities that presented. 

As the battle wore on the Central Falcons strike line started to put some significant pressure on the Mavericks defence. Unfortunately, they were able to construct any meaningful play that would get them on the scoreboard early on. 

The Hauraki Mavericks managed to break the contest open early in the second half when the Falcons failed to clear the penalty corner shot and Alia Jaques managed to pop the ball into the goal. 

The tactical battle between the two sides resumed post the opening goal as both teams defences continued to play a pivotal role at shutting down the attacking threats being posed at them. 

The Central Falcons set up a grandstand finish when Megan Hull swept a beautiful pass into the circle that Hope Ralph jumped in front of the Mavericks defence and deflected high into the net. 

The Mavericks entered the shootout confident knowing that Grace O’Hanlon was between the posts for them. After going through the best of three shootout tied at two goals apiece, it was Liz Thompson who would convert her second shootout to seal the win 3-2. 

Hauraki Mavericks 1 (Alia Jaques 34 min)

Central Falcons 1 (Hope Ralph 56 min)

*Mavericks won shootout 3-2

Tridents continue their rise in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League

The Northern Tridents have secured the bonus point with a penalty shootout win in their match against the Central Falcons. After falling behind 2-0 early, the Falcons clawed their way back into the contest as they tied the game up at two goals apiece just before the final whistle. 

The battle of the two undefeated teams in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League took place between the Central Falcons and Northern Tridents. Both sides came out of the gates firing and the quality of play would see an improvement in their combinations from the previous night. A scoreless first quarter ensured as neither team was able to create any significant chances early on in the match. 

The Tridents put themselves in front early in the second quarter when Steph Dickins put a powerful drag-flick into the corner of the goal. The Tridents would then double their lead in moments later when the Falcons were unable to clear the ball from their circle, and Rose Tynan would then jump on the loose ball and flick it into the roof of the goal. 

Entering the second half, the Tridents were continuing to play with confidence and putting the Central Falcons defence under some immense pressure. Almost against the tide of possession, the Central Falcons got themselves onto the scoreboard with a scrappy goal that trickled over the Tridents goal line. 

Entering the final quarter, the Falcons continued to find their footing and started to construct some quality opportunities. With seven minutes to go Michaela Curtis grabbed a rebound off the goalkeeper and slotted home an outstanding shot to tie the game up at two goals apiece. 

For the first time in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League, a match would be decided by a best of three penalty shootout. In the end, it was the Northern Tridents who would take the bonus point behind two penalty corner goals to Rose Tynan. 

Northern Tridents 2 (Steph Dickins 19 min, Rose Tynan 20 min)

Central Falcons 2 (Jessica Kelly 40 min, Michaela Curtis 56 min)

*Tridents won shootout 2-1

The Hauraki Mavericks have battled back from a sluggish start to overcome the Southern Alpiners 3-2. Trailing 2-0 entering the second half the Mavericks stormed back into the contest through some clinical penalty corner attack.  

After tough losses in their opening games, both the Hauraki Mavericks and the Southern Alpiners hit the turf on Saturday playing with great confidence and speed as they looked to put their team in the box seat in the contest. Despite both teams constructing several opportunities in the first quarter, neither side was able to break the deadlock after one quarter. 

The Southern Alpiners would put themselves up early in the second quarter when an outstanding square cross into the circle was expertly touched into the goal by Isabella Ambrosius. Moments later Vantage Black Sticks goalscoring machine Olivia Merry jumped on a loose ball in the circle and powered her shot into the goal to increase the Alpiners lead 2-0. 

After a lacklustre first half, the Mavericks came out with great focus and determination to start the second half. A well-worked set-piece got the Mavericks on the scoreboard when Julia King put in a well-placed reverse stick shot. The Mavericks continued their comeback when they got themselves another penalty corner, this time the shot took a deflection off the Alpiners first runner. 

The Mavericks continued their charge in the second half. They put themselves in the lead for the first time in the competition when Alia Jaques seized her opportunity later in the final quarter roofed her reverse stick shot into the top of the goal. 

Southern Alpiners 2 (Isabella Ambrosius 24 min, Olvia Merry 27 min)

Hauraki Mavericks 3 (Julia King 33 min, Ali Hunt 37 min, Alia Jaques 55 min)

Falcons swoop down on the Sentinel Homes Premier League with impressive performance

The Northern Tridents have put together an impressive attacking display in the third quarter to sink the Hauraki Mavericks 5-0 in the first match of the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League. 

The Mavericks came out of the gates with some great forward intent as they took it to the Tridents early on in the match. Despite several early penalty corners, the Mavericks were unable to break the deadlock early in the match. With only minutes to go in the first quarter, the Tridents would storm through the middle of the pitch as Stacey Michelsen would work herself into some space in the circle as she would then rip a reverse shot into the bottom corner of the goal to put the Northern Tridents in the lead 1-0 after one quarter.

The back-and-forth nature of the match continued into the second quarter as the Mavericks looked to re-establish themselves in the contest and peg back the Northern Tridents midfield which was wreaking havoc. The Mavericks would go close on several occasions but were unable to find the equalizing goal before the halftime break. 

The Northern Tridents came out focused and firing in the third quarter and were rewarded with an early penalty corner goal to Kate Ivory. Captain Stacey Michelsen further extended the lead with some silky skills in the circle as she flicked the ball in the net past Black Sticks teammate Grace O’Hanlon. Just before the quarter break Sophie Hildesley slotted the tridents fourth goal in what looked to be an unassailable lead heading into the final quarter.

Rose Tynan would put the icing on the cake in the fourth quarter as she pounced on the rebound off the initial penalty corner strike to score the Mavericks fifth goal of the evening. The Tridents next match is a mouthwatering proposition as they face the incredibly strong Central Falcons. Things don’t let up for the Mavericks as they will now turn their attention to the Southern Alpiners. 

Northern Tridents 5 (Stacey Michelsen 14, 44 min, Kate Ivory 37 min, Sophie Hildesley 45 min, Rose Tynan 59 min)

Hauraki Mavericks 0

The second contest of the evening would see the Southern Alpiners take on the Central Falcons. Both sides were looking to make an impact early in the match as they aimed to play from in front. 

The Falcons quickly found their footing and begun to apply some significant pressure on the Alpiners defence. Olivia Shannon would drive along the baseline and put the ball in between the goalkeeper and the post for the opening goal. Moments later Hope Ralph would extend the lead with an easy touch in on the far post. The speed of the Falcons early on was proving difficult for the Alpiners to contain. Megan Hull would further cement the lead late in the fourth quarter with a booming sweep that put the Falcons up 3-0 after one quarter. 

The Alpiners started to climb into the match in the second quarter as they controlled possession for longer periods and started to construct some opportunities of their own. Alpiners Captain Olivia Merry would pounce on a loose ball in the circle as she put the ball in the back of the Falcons net to make the score 3-1. Only moments later the Falcons would reestablish their three-goal buffer with an outstanding Olivia Shannon run where she put the ball to an open Hope Ralph who scored her second goal of the match. 

Following the fireworks of the first half which would see five goals scored. The second half would see the match tighten up and the two sides unable to trouble the scorers again. The Falcons will be looking full of confidence as they head into their pivotal match against the Northern Tridents. The Alpiners will be able to take several positives from the match after they battled their way back into the contest after the early setbacks. 

Southern Alpiners 1 (Olivia Merry 22 min)

Central Falcons 4 (Olivia Shannon 5 min, Hope Ralph 9, 24 min, Megan Hull 10 min)

Alpiners look to ascend to the top

SOUTHERN ALPINERS WOMEN

The Southern Alpiners Women will be led by current Performance Network Coach Aaron Ford. He will have plenty of experience on the sideline with him in current Waikato and previous National Hockey League-winning coaches Reiner Vellinga and former Black Stick Kate Trolove as his assistants. 

The Alpiners Women will be the dark horse of the competition as they feature the least amount of players who have played at international level. 

However, they’ll be confident they can score plenty of goals with their squad featuring the all-time leading goal-scorer for the Vantage Black Sticks, Olivia Merry. If given any space in the circle Merry is deadly with one of the strongest and most accurate forehand hits in world hockey. 

Merry will have Black Sticks teammates Rachel McCann and drafted defender Frances Davies on the pitch with her. Look for Davies to bring calm and solidarity to the Alpiners defensive end.

Southern Alpiners Women’s Schedule

  • 12 November vs Falcons – 7pm
  • 14 November vs Mavericks – 2pm
  • 15 November vs Tridents – 12pm
  • 25 November vs Mavericks – 7pm
  • 26 November vs Falcons – 5pm 
  • 28 November vs Tridents – 12pm

Southern Alpiners Women: Isabella Ambrosius, Jessie Anderson, Leah Butt, Amelia Calder, Hayley Cox, Anna Crowley, Frances Davies (N), Tessa Jopp, Charlotte Lee, Georgie Mackay-Stewart, Saasha Marsters, Rachel McCann (N), Olivia Merry (N), Kirsty Nation, Arabella Sheild, Belinda Smith, Phoebe Steele, Catherine Tinning, Brittany Wang, Margot Willis, Emily Wium.
Head Coach: Aaron Ford
Assistant Coach: Reiner Vellinga
Assistant Coach: Kate Trolove
Manager: Rachel Williams

* N – National Squad Member


SOUTHERN ALPINERS MEN

The Southern Alpiners feature an impressive mix of current Vantage Black Sticks as well as some of the top up-and-coming talent in the country. New Zealand captain Blair Tarrant will feature in a side that has seven of the 25-member national squad. 

With 11 of the Alpiners having donned the black shirt, they will be hoping to combine well on the turf and start the competition off on the right foot. 

This squad will not struggle to trouble the scorers with world-class forwards Hugo Inglis and Sam Lane leading a strike unit that would cause headaches for any defensive unit in world hockey. They will have Kane Russell on hand should they struggle to get clear chances off. Russell is one of the premier drag flickers in world hockey and will be a huge asset for the team that represents the entire South Island. 

Southern Alpiners Men’s Schedule

  • 19 November vs Falcons – 7pm
  • 21 November vs Mavericks – 2pm
  • 22 November vs Tridents – 12pm
  • 2 December vs Mavericks – 7pm
  • 3 December vs Falcons – 5pm
  • 5 December vs Tridents – 12pm

Southern Alpiners Men: Louis Beckert, Malachi Buschl, David Brydon (N), George Connell, Nick Elder, George Enersen (N), Hugo Inglis (N), Moss Jackson, Sam Lane (N), Nick Lidstone, Joseph Morrison, Dominic Newman, Nick Ross (N), Blair Tarrant (N), Dylan Thomas, Gus Wakeling, Finn Ward, Jordan Ward, Simon Yorston, Kane Russell (N), Maxwell Rasmussen.
Head Coach: Grant Edwards
Assistant Coach: Aaron Ford
Manager: Campbell Stewart

*N – National Squad Member

Falcons set to soar in Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League

CENTRAL FALCONS WOMEN

The Central Falcons Women will be coached by Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith who will be guiding an elite women’s team for the first time since he departed as the Ireland Women’s Coach in 2016. 

Former Vantage Black Sticks captain Kayla Whitelock will be looking to play herself into peak form as she continues her pursuit of a fifth Olympic Games. Whitelock will also have her sister Verity Sharland on the sideline as Assistant Coach. 

Look for the Falcons to play attacking hockey as they use their quartet of Olivia Shannon, Holly Pearson, Kaitlin Cotter and Hope Ralph in the strike line. All were in tremendous form in 2020 for the Vantage Black Sticks Women before the international hockey break. 

At the other end of the turf goalkeeper, Georgia Barnett made an outstanding return to the international scene in 2020, including her player of the match award in the shootout win over Great Britain in February. 

Central Falcons Women’s Schedule

  • 12 November vs Alpiners – 7:00 pm
  • 14 November vs Tridents – 12:00 pm
  • 15 November vs Mavericks – 2:00 pm
  • 25 November vs Tridents – 5:00 pm 
  • 26 November vs Alpiners – 5:00 pm
  • 28 November vs Mavericks – 2:00 pm

Central Falcons Women: Georgia Barnett (N), Kelly Carline , Kaitlin Cotter (N), Casey Crowley, Michaela Curtis, Rebecca Baker, Megan Hull (N), Jessica Kelly, Rileigh Knapp, Ruby Logan, Estelle Macadre, Holly Pearson (N), Felicity Reidy, Jenna-Rae McIntyre, Emma Rainey, Hope Ralph, Aniwaka Roberts, Olivia Shannon (N), Kelsey Smith (N), Kiriana Wairau-Hunter, Kayla Whitelock (N).
Head Coach: Darren Smith
Assistant Coach: Verity Sharland
Assistant Coach: Henry Wong
Manager: Dani Lett


CENTRAL FALCONS MEN

The Central Falcons cover the middle to lower part of the North Island and will be looking to fly early in the competition behind their three captains and vastly experienced Vantage Black Sticks Shea McAleese, Stephen Jenness and Dane Lett. 

The Falcons will come into the competition full of confidence with a side that features 11 players who have donned the Black Sticks shirt. This international experience will be pivotal for a team that comes from such a large catchment area.

Nick Wilson was on top of his game when he last played for the Vantage Black Sticks at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Look for Wilson to hit his stride during the competition as he seeks to impress ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

Central Falcons Men’s Schedule

  • 19 November vs Alpiners – 7pm
  • 21 November vs Tridents – 12pm
  • 22 November vs Mavericks – 2pm
  • 2 December vs Tridents – 5pm
  • 3 December vs Alpiners – 5pm
  • 5 December vs Mavericks – 2pm

Central Falcons Men: Jordan Cohen, Dominic Dixon, Sean Findlay, Stephen Jenness (N), Joe Hanks, Sam Hiha, Harry Lawson, Dane Lett (N), Trent Lett, Patrick Madder, Shea McAleese (N), Harry Miskimmin, Callum Olsen, Brad Read (N), Jacob Smith (N), Dylan Thomas (N), Mackenzie Wilcox, Nick Wilson, Matt van Aardt, Benedict van Woerkom.
Head Coach: Michael Delaney
Assistant Coach: Peter Miskimmin
Assistant Coach: Mark Borgers
Manager: Umesh Parag

Mavericks look to impress in front of home crowd

HAURAKI MAVERICKS WOMEN

On paper, the Hauraki Mavericks Women look formidable with the team boasting a whopping seven current Vantage Black Sticks as well as 11 who have previously donned the black singlet. 

The team will look to push forward with real intent in the competition knowing that outstanding Black Sticks goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon will stifle a lot of the attacks that the opposition throw at them. 

The side will see recent international players Lulu Tuilotolava and Kim Tanner try to impress as they make a return to High Performance hockey and push to be part of Graham Shaw’s plans for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  

Hauraki Mavericks Women’s Schedule

  • 12 November vs Tridents – 5:00 pm
  • 14 November vs Alpiners – 2:00 pm
  • 15 November vs Falcons – 2:00 pm
  • 25 November vs Alpiners – 7:00 pm
  • 26 November vs Tridents – 7:00 pm 
  • 28 November vs Falcons – 2:00 pm

Hauraki Mavericks Women’s Squad: Breana Catley, Tarryn Davey (N), Maddie Dowe, Ali Hunt, Alia Jaques (N), Rose Keddell (N), Julia King (N), Alex Lukin, Amelia Marlow, Alice McIlroy-Foster, Sophie Morrison, Grace O’Hanlon (N), Kendra Peart-Anderson,  Amy Robinson (N), Tori Robinson, Kim Tanner, Liz Thompson (N), Lulu Tuilotolava, Tayla White, Lydia Woods, Eva Zylstra.
Head Coach: Mark Borgers
Assistant Coach: Chris Arthur
Assistant Coach: Danielle Cranston
Manager: Jenny Duck

*National Squad Member


HAURAKI MAVERICKS MEN

The Hauraki Mavericks Men are coached by current Vantage Black Sticks Defence Coach, former Vantage Black Sticks Captain and one of only four New Zealand men to play 300 matches for their country, Dean Couzins. He will have plenty of experience to call upon with eight players who are in the current national squad, including Arun Panchia (287 caps) and Simon Child (284 caps).

The Mavericks appear to be balanced across the park with plenty of international-attacking experience in Jared Panchia, Simon Child and Aidan Sarikaya. The trio is capable of breaking a match open at any point and will put considerable pressure on opposition defences.

They are supported with a strong defence led by captain Nic Woods and supported by Black Sticks defenders Arun Panchia, Dwayne Rowsell and goalkeeper Leon Hayward. 

Look for this side to be one of the favourites heading into the competition with an outstanding mix of international players and upcoming talent that coach Couzins will be looking to tap into as he aims to guide his team to the maiden title. 

Hauraki Mavericks Men’s Schedule

  • 19 November vs Tridents – 5:00 pm
  • 21 November vs Alpiners – 2:00 pm
  • 22 November vs Falcons – 2:00 pm
  • 2 December vs Alpiners – 7:00 pm
  • 3 December vs Tridents – 7:00 pm
  • 5 December vs Falcons – 2:00 pm 

Hauraki Mavericks Men: Marcus Child (N), Simon Child (N), Taylor Craigie, Malcolm Curley, Garrick du Toit, Zander Fraser, Cam Hayde, Leon Hayward (N), Shae Iswar, Jonty Keaney, Campbell Maclean, Tim Neild, Arun Panchia (N), Daniel Panchia, Jared Panchia (N), Matt Rees-Gibbs, Dwayne Rowsell (N), Aidan Sarikaya (N), Jacob Soo Choon, Nic Woods (N), Maks Wyndham-Smith.
Head Coach: Dean Couzins
Assistant Coach: Colin Stewart
Manager: Hugh Biss

*National Squad Member

Northern Tridents name strong sides for Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League

NORTHERN TRIDENT WOMEN

Stacey Michelsen will lead a strong Northern Tridents team into battle in the inaugural Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League. Michelsen will be joined by four teammates from the national squad in a team that features a good mix of youth and experience. 

Northland teammates Michelsen and Ella Gunson will be looking to bring their vast experience playing together to this team as they aim to build a strong core throughout the competition. 

Rising players Steph Dickins, as well as sisters Katie and Madison Doar, will look to stamp their credentials and push their case to be included in the 2021 national squads.

The side will be coached by current Vantage Black Sticks Assistant Coach Jude Menezes who will look to build a solid midfield core that will feed great ball through to a powerful strike line. 

Northern Trident Women’s Schedule

  • 12 November vs Mavericks – 5:00 pm
  • 14 November vs Falcons – 12:00 pm
  • 15 November vs Alpiners – 12:00 pm 
  • 25 November vs Falcons – 5:00 pm
  • 26 November vs Mavericks – 7:00 pm
  • 28 November vs Alpiners – 12:00 pm 


Northern Tridents Women’s Squad: Olivia Crum, Stephanie Dickins (N), Katie Doar (N), Madison Doar, Izzy Gill, Erin Goad, Ella Gunson (N), Sophie Hildesley, Ella Hyatt-Brown, Kate Ivory, Tyler Lench, Clodagh McCullough, Stacey Michelsen (N), Kathryn Moffitt, Kirsten Pearce, Jess Pilmer, Samantha Polovnikoff, Kayla Reed, Brooke Roberts (N), Rose Tynan, Madeleine Williamson. 
Head Coach: Jude Menezes
Assistant Coach: Colin Stewart
Assistant Coach: Sandie Mackie
Manager: Sandra Notredame

*N indicates National Squad


NORTHERN TRIDENT MEN

The Northern Trident Men will be led by an all-star coaching line-up in Bryce Collins (former Black Stick and Assistant Coach), Graham Shaw (current Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Head Coach) and Casey Henwood (2008 Olympian). 

The experienced coaching set up has entrusted current Vantage Black Sticks attacking midfielder George Muir with the captaincy for the 2020 season. He will call on two other national squad members, Steve Edwards and Cory Bennett, to help the young squad find their feet early in the competition.

The Tridents feature a large contingent of players who have played at recent Sultan of Johor Cup tournaments and will be familiar with the up-tempo style of hockey that Collins will be looking to play. 

Northern Trident Men’s Schedule

  • 19 November vs Mavericks – 5:00 pm
  • 21 November vs Falcons – 12:00 pm
  • 22 November vs Alpiners – 12:00 pm 
  • 2 December vs Falcons – 5:00 pm
  • 3 December vs Mavericks – 7:00 pm
  • 5 December vs Alpiners – 12:00pm


Northern Tridents Men’s Squad: Cory Bennett (N), Ruan Bezuidenhout, Robbie Capizzi, Benji Edwards, Steve Edwards (N), Connor Greentree, Angus Griffin, Xavier Guy, Mitch Hayde, Kim Kingstone, Isaac Houlbrooke, Sam Houston, Richard Joyce (N), Richmond Lum, Liam Mortimer, George Muir (N), Netesh Sukha, Matthew Symonds, Kieran O’Connor, Charl Ulrich.
Head Coach: Bryce Collins
Assistant Coach: Graham Shaw
Manager: Casey Henwood

*N indicates National Squad

A great mix of officials named for the Premier Hockey League

The countdown is on as we are now a week away from the first-ever Premier Hockey League which will see the top players from across New Zealand come together to battle it out to be crowned the Premier Hockey League Champions. 

Not only does this event serve to help bridge the gap for our participants between domestic and international hockey, but the league will also provide an ideal setting to help our officials develop as they aim to progress further in their fields as well. 

The five officials who were named for the Tokyo Olympic Games have been named to take part in this event in Jackie Tomlinson (Technical Delegate), Simon Taylor, David Tomlinson, Kelly Hudson and Amber Church (Umpires). They will be joined in the league by the top-performing officials from throughout the country. 

Hockey New Zealand Technical Manager Colin French commented on the development opportunities that the league will provide “Since March this year under the difficult and rapidly changing Covid-19 Landscape there has been nominal high-performance opportunities available domestically, but also no upcoming International tournaments to prepare our officials for either. Accordingly, the Hockey NZ Officials Advisory Group and I identified the Premier Hockey League as a vital opportunity for development and connection for this group of officials.  Connection in terms of working with their peers, but also to link in with other key stakeholders including players, team coaches and managers. Developers have been appointed to facilitate learning and further enhance existing umpire development with improved analysis and self-reflection.  This inaugural Premier Hockey League is the best competition we have had in domestic hockey for some time, and I know these officials are feeling both excited and fortunate for the experience it presents to them”.

2020 Premier Hockey League Umpires and Technical Officials Panel

Technical Delegate

Jackie Tomlinson

Technical Officials

Vickie Allen, Richard Baggs, Gavin Hawke, Dave Potter, Nic Rankin, Jackie Tomlinson, Helen Travers

Umpires

Women – Mallory Barnett, Amber Church, Kelly-Anne Foskin, Kelly Hudson, Lani Jackman, Rachel Murphy, Kirsten Stuckey 

Men – Tim Bond, Bruce Brownsey, Bren Duckworth, Hamish Ellis-Jack, Lee Erskine, Ben Grant, Gareth Greenfield, Bevan Nicol, Nick Saunders, Simon Taylor, Dave Tomlinson

Umpire Coaches

Lyn Farrell, Sarah Garnett, Paul Morrison, Mark Rippin

Umpire Coach Developers

Colin French & Craig Gribble

Fans select legends of the game for MVP trophies

One of our most capped women’s players and a father and son duo have been chosen by New Zealand hockey fans to be the names on the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophies for the new Premier Hockey League. 

Following a fan vote in August, it was decided that the men’s MVP trophy will be named after father and son Jeff and Ryan Archibald and that the women’s MVP trophy will be named after former Black Sticks Captain Suzie Muirhead. 

Ryan and Jeff Archibald said they were humbled to have the Archibald name on the MVP trophy. 

“We are hopeful the Premier Hockey League will have a positive impact on preparing our current and future Black Sticks for international hockey in what has been a challenging year.”

Jeff Archibald was a vital member of the 1976 gold medal-winning team and played for the New Zealand team from 1970 through to 1986, amassing 101 caps for his country.

Jeff was selected for four Olympics, and he captained the side from 1984-86. Since his retirement, Jeff has been involved in both coaching and umpiring, and in 1989 was made a Member of the British Empire for services to hockey.

Ryan Archibald followed in his father’s footsteps and played for New Zealand from 1997 through to 2016, accumulating 327 caps before retiring after the 2016 Olympics. Ryan represented New Zealand at three Olympics and only missed a fourth due to injury in 2004. 

Ryan was known as one of the top midfield players in world hockey, and his attacking play was sensational in setting up his strikers. He also knocked in 51 goals for the Black Sticks, and won silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

1976 Gold Medal Olympic Team

Muirhead was ecstatic that her name would be associated with the new league.

“I am honoured to think that a country kid with humble beginnings like me might inspire the next generation. The Premier Hockey League is an exciting new competition that will become pivotal in developing depth in New Zealand.”

Muirhead had a long career with the Black Sticks Women playing 238 matches from 1993 through to her retirement in 2006. Muirhead captained the team with distinction from 2004-2006. 

Not only did Muirhead play the role of a setup player, but she would also find the back of the net on 41 occasions for the Black Sticks. She played at two Olympics in 2000 and 2004 and won bronze at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Muirhead was part of the Black Sticks team that in 2005 won the gold medal at the Champions Challenge. 

Muirhead was named New Zealand Hockey player of the year in both 2002 and the year she retired in 2006. She continued her involvement with the sport in the Wellington region following her retirement from international hockey.

Suzie Muirhead in action against Australia in 2005 (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)