MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM NAMED FOR BIRMINGHAM 2022

Eighteen players have been selected to the New Zealand Men’s Hockey Team to compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games late next month.
 
The Games will see the Gold Coast silver medallists take on Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Scotland in the group stages.
 
Birmingham 2022 will be head coach Greg Nicol’s first major competition in charge of the national side, having come into the role at the beginning of the year.
 
“We are looking forward to playing in Birmingham and getting back into major tournament mode” said Nicol.
 
“We have a strong group of players filled with determination, ready to have a crack at ending Australia’s 24 year grip on the gold medal. We are also excited about bringing an attractive style of hockey to the Games and giving Kiwis another reason to cheer.”
 
The squad selection will also see four key players make their first return to the side since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Captain Blair Tarrant, Kane Russell, Hugo Inglis, and Nic Woods have all been plying their trade in Europe for the past six months.
 
Tarrant is excited to pull on that black shirt again saying, “it’s always an honour to go out and represent your country – you never take it for granted.”
 
“We are fizzing to be heading to Birmingham, as a group we have been working hard towards this goal. We have a fresh and exciting squad ready to represent NZ with pride at the Games.”

NZOC Nicki Nicol extended her congratulations to the athletes.

“Well done to all the athletes named today for all the hard work they’ve put in to get to this point,” said Nicol.

“We wish them all the best as they put the final touches on their preparation, and we look forward to seeing them compete in Birmingham in a few weeks’ time.”

The full team is:

  • David Brydon
  • George Enersen
  • Sean Findlay
  • Leon Hayward
  • Sam Hiha
  • Hugo Inglis
  • Sam Lane
  • Dane Lett
  • Harry Miskimmin
  • Joe Morrison
  • Hayden Phillips
  • Kane Russell
  • Aidan Sarikaya
  • Jake Smith
  • Blair Tarrant
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Nick Woods
  • Simon Yorston

Men’s hockey at Birmingham 2022 will begin on July 29th with matches to be held at the University of Birmingham.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SQUAD ANNOUNCED

Twenty players, including two travelling reserves, have been selected for the FIH Women’s World Cup campaign in July.

Taking place in the Netherlands and Spain, the World Cup will see the Vantage Black Sticks women (VBSW) take on England, India, and China in the group stages. The team will play three matches against Spain and one each against the Netherlands and Chile in the lead up to the tournament.

Interim head coach Darren Smith, along with the selection panel, chose the twenty players after evaluating performances in the recent North vs South and Trans-Tasman series.

“This is an exciting time for our women’s programme with quite a young team – it’ll be fantastic to give these players an early opportunity to test themselves at a pinnacle event against the best in the world” said Smith

“There will be some real tests, but I have a lot of belief in our young group to give some cracking performances and stamp their mark at international level. This is where heroes are made and I’m sure all of New Zealand will be right behind them.”

Hockey New Zealand CEO Anthony Crummy believes that the World Cup will showcase the excellent work that has been put in behind the scenes within the VBSW programme.

“Even though the results of the recent series against Australia didn’t go our way, there were plenty of positives in our performances that point to a bright future for this group.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this team on the big stage and I know that they’ll make our country proud.”

The squad selection also highlights the remarkable return of Aniwaka Haumaha (nee Roberts). Haumaha, who was unavailable for selection camps this year due to her wedding, had not played for the VBSW in seven years. Now a mother of two, and several years of wondering if the dream was over, she impressed selectors after being called up to face Australia and will get the opportunity to add to her 71 caps.

The team departs for Europe in early June with their first match at the World Cup in Amsterdam on July 2. The full draw can be found here.

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SQUAD

Kaitlin Cotter, Anna Crowley, Tarryn Davey, Frances Davies, Stephanie Dickins, Katie Doar, Madi Doar*, Aniwaka Haumaha, Megan Hull ©, Ella Hyatt-Brown*, Alia Jaques, Tessa Jopp, Tyler Lench, Alex Lukin, Olivia Merry ©, Grace O’Hanlon, Hope Ralph, Brooke Roberts, Olivia Shannon, Rose Tynan

SENTINEL HOMES TRANS TASMAN SERIES LIVE ON SKY SPORT

Catch all the action from the Sentinel Homes Trans-Tasman series next week as our Vantage Black Sticks Women take on the Hockeyroos!

Tuesday 10th MaySKY SPORT 1

7pm – VBSW vs Australia

Thursday 12th MaySKY SPORT 1

7pm – VBSW vs Australia

Saturday 14th MaySKY SPORT 3

3.30pm – VBSW vs Australia

Sunday 15th MaySKY SPORT 3

3.30pm – VBSW vs Australia

Men’s matches postponed in Sentinel Homes Trans-Tasman series

Due to the COVID-19 cases in the men’s camp, Hockey New Zealand has made the decision to postpone the Vantage Black Sticks Men’s matches in the upcoming Sentinel Homes Trans-Tasman series.

These fixtures will now take place in the week of Queen’s Birthday weekend with games taking place on 31 May, and 2, 4, 5 June. Exact timings for those matches are to be confirmed.

The Vantage Black Sticks Women’s matches against the Hockeyroos are going ahead next week as planned, with a minor change in start times outlined below.

Tuesday 10th May – 7.05pm 

Thursday 12th May – 7.05pm 

Saturday 14th May –3.35pm 

Sunday 15th May – 3.35pm

All matches are still taking place at the National Hockey Centre in Auckland. The weeknight matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1, while the weekend matches will feature live on Sky Sport 3.

Tickets for the revised schedule of women’s matches are on sale now from https://hockeynz.flicket.co.nz/ and current ticket holders will be communicated with directly about the revised schedule and options available to them.

NORTH MEN SWEEP AS SOUTH WOMEN WIN THEIR SERIES

The 2022 Sentinel Homes has come to close in Hamilton after three days of competitive hockey in front of vibrant local crowds.

The South women were able to take their series by responding well to Saturday’s loss and winning match three 2-1. The North men continued their dominance with a convincing X-X victory to sweep the series over the South

The series provided quality hockey that will give selectors plenty to ponder as they select their 22 for the upcoming Trans Tasman series next month.

The women’s match continued in the same fashion as the first two in another close encounter. All goals were scored in the first half with Olivia Shannon and Megan Hull scoring for the South and Steph Dickins once again showing her prowess from the penalty corner and slotting in another drag flick. The North were unable to overcome staunch defence and some poor discipline in the second half, receiving two green cards.

It was the Sean Findlay show in the men’s match up as the North once again proved too much for the South. Indomitable in the midfield Findlay also chipped in with two first half goals including an absolute ripper from just inside the circle. Liam Mortimer opened the North’s account in the 8th minute, while Hayden Phillips scored early in the second half with a good old fashioned hit from a penalty corner. Simon Yorston scored the South’s only goal of the match, poking the ball in amongst the bodies from a penalty corner.

The U21 Sentinel Homes North vs South also wrapped up with the North women and South men securing bragging rights until next year.

The U21 North women found the rhythm they had on Thursday and snagged a 2-0 win over the South. The U21 men reverted to their goal scoring antics, after 7 goals in the opening match, with the South running out winners 3-2. 

North Men 4 (Sean Findlay 2, Liam Mortimer, Hayden Phillips) South Men 1 (Simon Yorston)

North Women 1 (Steph Dickins) South Women 2 (Olivia Shannon, Megan Hull)

U21 North Men 2 (Connor Garner, Aiden Fraser) U21 South Men 3 (Matthew Wilson, Harrison Darling, Daniel Torr) 

U21 North Women 2 (Halle Scurrah, Rose Parkinson) U21 South Women 0

SENIOR NORTH MEN TAKE SERIES BUT REST TO BE DECIDED SUNDAY

A fantastic second day of elite hockey was on display as the 2022 Sentinel Homes North vs South series continued at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.

The North women leveled the series in another tight contest which ended 2-0, while the North men were able to win their series in a great 2-1 win over the South.

Having shaken off a bit of rust after Thursday, the hockey today was at an exceptional standard as players look to play themselves into contention for the upcoming test series against Australia

The women’s match was another tight affair with the North taking the second match 2-0 after losing by the same margin in the opener. A brace by Steph Dickins from a pair of brilliantly worked penalty corners was all the difference in a game that was a tough midfield battle with incredible skill on display from stars like Tessa Jopp and Katie Doar. The stage is set for a great battle on the final day of play on Sunday.

The North men again dominated their southern counterparts in a game where the South weren’t allowed room to create too many chances. Sam Hiha opened the scoring just before the end of the first quarter with a poacher’s effort as some players were looking at the umpire expecting a whistle. Ollie MacIntyre once again showed his prowess as a drag flicker with his second penalty corner goal of the series early in the 2nd quarter to bring the scores level at 1-1. Maks Wyndham-Smith scored the eventual winner off a beautiful team build-up, to secure the Havilah-Downs Cup for the North.

The U21 Sentinel Homes North vs South also continued with both South teams earning victories to set up a Sunday showcase to decide who will go home with bragging rights.

The U21 North women were unable to dominate as they did on Thursday and went down 3-0 to the South, while the U21 men focused more on defence this time round, after 7 goals in the opening match with the game finishing level at 1-1 and the South winning the ensuing best-of-five penalty shootout 2-1.

North Men 2 (Sam Hiha, Maks Wyndham-Smith) South Men 1 (Ollie MacIntyre)

North Women 2 (Steph Dickins 2) South Women 0 

U21 North Men 1 (SO 2-1) (Jordan Thomas) U21 South Men 1 (Connor Hoskin) 

U21 North Women 0 U21 South Women 3 (Emily Baker, Tessa Reid, Anoushka Chiswell)

NORTH TEAMS DOMINATE ON DAY ONE OF SENTINEL HOMES NORTH VS SOUTH SERIES

High quality hockey was the order of the day as the 2022 Sentinel Homes North vs South tournament kicked off at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.

The South women edged the North in a closely run affair that ended 2-0, while the North men dominated in a 3-2 victory over the South.

The first top-flight hockey for the Vantage Black Sticks since the Tokyo Olympics, today was a great opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with the pace and power required at international level ahead of the Sentinel Homes Trans Tasman series next month.

The women’s match was a tussle with not much to separate the teams. Holly Pearson scored an opening salvo off a well-worked penalty corner, for the South, that would’ve made coach Shea McAleese proud. Brittany Wang managed to stick the ball in the net to put the game beyond doubt in the closing minutes.

The North men proved too much in the first half with a high-press tactic that put the southerners under pressure with goals to Robbie Capizzi and Jared Panchia. Charl Ulrich snatched a third early in the second half to put the North up 3-0 causing them to take their foot off the pedal. The South capitalised and brought it back to within one with 2 minutes to play thanks to an excellent drag flick from a penalty corner by Ollie MacIntyre and a brilliant effort from Jordan Cohen. The South were unable to grab the leveler and the game finished 3-2 to the North. 

Earlier in the day the U21 Sentinel Homes North vs South series raised the curtain with some scintillating hockey on display for a vibrant crowd.

The U21 North women were dominant in a 4-1 showing while the U21 North men came out on top in a 7 goal thriller, winning 4-3.

North Men 3 (Robbie Capizzi, Jared Panchia, Charl Ulrich) South Men 2 (Ollie MacIntyre, Jordan Cohen)

North Women 0 South Women 2 (Holly Pearson, Brittany Wang)

U21 North Men 4 (Sam Lints 2, Jordan Thomas, Dylan Muggleston) U21 South Men 3 (James Nicolson 2, Etienne Harrington-Watt)

U21 North Women 4 (Sharnae Taylor, Sophie Hildesley, Halle Scurrah, Bella Browne) U21 South Women 1 (Ruby Baker)

TRANS TASMAN SERIES TO MARK CENTENARY OF RIVALRY

After almost a year since the last international hockey match in New Zealand, the Vantage Black Sticks (VBS) will go up against the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos in the Sentinel Homes Trans-Tasman series in Auckland.

2022 marks a hundred years since the first test match between New Zealand and Australia – and Hockey New Zealand is excited to host an eight match series, featuring four men’s and women’s matches at the National Hockey Centre in North Harbour.

Double headers will take place on the evenings of Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12, and the afternoons of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, to mark the centenary.

The test series will see Greg Nicol take charge of the VBS men for the first time in a test match since he was appointed late last year.

Hockey New Zealand CEO Anthony Crummy said he is excited about having fans get the opportunity to see the teams ramp up after working hard in training over the last couple of months.

“With the opening of the border, we’ve worked really hard with Hockey Australia to make this series happen and to give our community the chance to see our Black Sticks in action ahead of some pinnacle events on the horizon.

“These matches will be great for our teams to see where they’re at ahead of a World Cup for the women and the Commonwealth Games for both teams. I know Australia are also looking forward to playing international hockey and I have to commend Hockey Australia for their great work in helping put this together.”

As well as those events Crummy said this series will just be the start as the VBS will return to the FIH Pro-League at the end of the year.

“We can’t wait to bring more international hockey to all parts of the motu and get back to competing on the world stage, inspiring the next generation of hockey players, and turning the Black Sticks into world beaters.”

David Pryles, Hockey Australia CEO, is equally excited about the mouth-watering series.

“As our Trans-Tasman neighbours, there is a long, fierce and respectful rivalry between the two nations on the hockey pitch and this series will add another intriguing chapter to it.”

“With the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos also not having played an international match since last year’s Olympics they are desperate to play and will enter this series with typical vigour.”

Tickets will be available to the general public from midday on Wednesday 20th April. In the meantime, fans can now pre-register here to receive priority access.

The teams last played each other at the Tokyo Olympics with the VBS Women losing 1-0 to the eventual silver medalists and the VBS Men losing 4-2. Both matches were in the pool stages.

RIVALRIES RENEWED AS TOP PLAYERS TO COMPETE IN NORTH vs SOUTH SERIES

Vantage Black Sticks (VBS) players will get the opportunity to test their mettle for the first time in 2022.

The Sentinel Homes North vs South series will see our nation’s top players go head-to-head with bragging rights on the line over a three matches in Hamilton on the 21st, 23rd, and 24th April. The South men and North women will be looking to defend their respective trophies after hard fought battles in 2021.

After a long time without elite hockey on our shores we are also pleased to announce that the matches, being played at St Paul’s Collegiate, will be open to the public free of charge. We are looking forward to being back in the community and engaging with locals during the school holidays by offering opportunities to meet their hockey heroes.

With a mix of ‘up and coming’ players and Vantage Black Sticks the series will be a great opportunity for the national coaches to check in on progress, as well as eye the emerging talent, with international matches on the horizon – including the Women’s World Cup in July and Commonwealth Games in July/August.

Graham Shaw, Head Coach of the VBSW, says this is a fantastic opportunity to see how the team is tracking collectively and individually.

“The series will give the players a perfect scenario to test styles of play and the areas we have been working on. The group has trained incredibly hard over the past few months building an outstanding environment.

I know the group will be looking forward to playing this series and will be looking to put their best foot forward. North vs South can bring pressure that is similar to international hockey which is something needed with a few big months ahead.”

VBS Men’s Head Coach Greg Nicol is thrilled at the opportunity to play some high-level, competitive hockey.

“The series gives our players a real chance to test themselves as we build towards the Commonwealth Games happening in a few months.

“We still have a number of players playing club hockey in Europe, so the series is also an opportunity for the next tier of players as we build our depth for the future. The younger talent always relishes the chance to showcase their skills alongside and against current players so I am looking forward to an exciting week of hockey.”

The game times are 5.30pm (Women) and 7.30pm (Men) on the 21st; 2.30pm (W) and 4.30pm (M) on the 23rd; and 12pm (W) and 2pm (M) on the 24th. All matches will be streamed live.

A National Under-21 event will run alongside the Sentinel Homes North vs South series with matches as curtain raisers to the Senior event. National Junior Black Sticks squads will be named following the event.

The game times are 1.30pm (Women) and 3.30pm (Men) on the 21st; 10.30am (W) and 12.30pm (M) on the 23rd; and 8.30am (W) and 10am (M) on the 24th. All matches will be streamed live.

Team Lists – Seniors

North Men

Robert Capizzi, Dominic Dixon, Benjamin Edwards, Sean Findlay, Alexander Fraser, Connor Greentree, Xavier Guy, Leon Hayward, Samuel Hiha, Kim Kingstone, Richmond Lum, Liam Mortimer, George Muir, Tim Neild, Jared Panchia, Hayden Phillips, Maxwell Rasmussen, Aidan Sarikaya, Charl Ulrich, Max Wyndham-Smith.

South Men

George Baker, Louis Beckert, David Brydon, Malachi Buschl, Jordan Cohen, Nicholas Elder, George Enersen, Moss Jackson, Dane Lett, Nicholas Lidstone, Oliver MacIntyre, Harry Miskimmin, Joseph Morrison, Lachlan Paton, Bradley Read, Jacob Smith, Matthew Symonds, Dylan Thomas, Finn Ward, Simon Yorston.

North Women

Kaitlin Cotter, Stephanie Dickins, Katie Doar, Madison Doar, Izzy Gill, Ella Hyatt-Brown, Alia Jaques, Tyler Lench, Alexandra Lukin, Hope Ralph, Kayla Reed, Deanna Ritchie, Brooke Roberts, Arabella Sheild, Phoebe Steele, Lulu Tuilotolava, Rose Tynan, Tayla White, Eva Zijlstra.

South Women

Isabella Ambrosius, Jessica Anderson, Rebecca Baker, Amelia Calder, Casey Crowley, Anna Crowley, Aniwaka Haumaha, Megan Hull, Tessa Jopp, Jessica Kelly, Georgina Mackay-Stewart, Rachel McCann, Olivia Merry, Grace O’Hanlon, Holly Pearson, Olivia Shannon, Catherine Tinning, Brittany Wang, Emily Wium.

Team Lists – Junior

North Men

Luke Aldred, Marcus Collier, Scott Cosslett, Malcolm Curley, Luke Elmes, Aiden Fraser, Connor Garner, Reagan Harnell, James Hickson, Luke Holmes, Isaac Houlbrooke, Flynn Hutchinson, Sam Lints, Milan Patel, Jarryd Russell, Jacob Soo Choon, James Stables, Jordon Thomas.

South Men

Oliver Bunny, Ezekiel Buschl, Benjamin Culhane, Harrison Darling, Toby Dean, Etienne Harrington-Watt, Connor Hoskin, Kyle Houston, Joshua Irwin, Patrick Madder, Charlie Morrison, James Nicolson, Tim Sheed, Daniel Torr, Patrick Ward, Joshua White, Matthew Wilson, Daniel Woud.

North Women

Rosanna Bedford, Paige Blake, Bella Browne, Chloe Browne, Brodie Cochrane, Philippa Croft, Emma Findlay, Sophie Hildesley, Leah Hodges, Emilie Logan, Hayley McKellow, Rose Parkinson, Lucy Russ, Halle Scurrah, Sharnae Taylor, Zoe Teikamata-Tito, Kelsey Teneti, Katherine Winter.

South Women

Ruby Baker, Madeline Harris, Amy Rossiter-Stead, Anneka Calder, Emily Baker, Jaimee Eades, Anoushka Chiswell, Sorita Pho, Ruby Evans, Riana Pho, Francesca Williamson, Annabelle Schneideman, Isabella Story, Tessa Reid, Rileigh    Knapp, Breana Catley, Kianna Dawson, Alice Mcilroy-Foster.

VANTAGE BLACK STICKS RETURN TO FIH PRO LEAGUE

What will have been almost three years since we last welcomed an international side (other than Australia) to our shores, we are incredibly excited to be hosting two blocks of the FIH Pro League Season 4 in 2023. Not only will we play each visiting team twice but the visiting teams will also play each other giving our hockey community an exciting opportunity to see more international hockey.

The season will commence in October 2022 and run through until July 2023 – the draw for the Vantage Black Sticks is as follows:

Oct-Nov in INDIA – Men vs Spain & India

Feb in NEW ZEALAND – Women vs USA & China

Apr in NEW ZEALAND – Men & Women vs Australia & Great Britain

Jun in BELGIUM – Men & Women vs Belgium & Argentina

Jun in the NETHERLANDS – Men & Women vs the Netherlands & Germany

We can’t wait to welcome fans to these great celebrations of hockey right here in our country. Venues will be confirmed in due course.