Falcons set to soar in Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League


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


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

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