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2020 Vantage Black Sticks Development Squads Named

The 2020 Vantage Black Sticks Development squads have been named, both sides see a great combination of youth and experience in what is going to be an incredibly important season for the program as they head into the FIH Hockey Pro League Season 2 and the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Graham Shaw has named several uncapped in his first development squad which sees Ella Hyatt-Brown, Kate Ivory, Tyler Lench, Hope Ralph and Tayla White being named as the uncapped players in the squad. The most experienced player in the group is Madi Doar who has amassed 31 caps in her international career in which she has won a Gold Medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as a Silver Medal at the Hockey World League in 2017.

The Black Sticks Men’s Development Squad features several experienced players who will be looking to take their opportunities and press for selection in the National Team in the lead up to the Olympic Games. Hayden Phillips with 89 caps will be desperate to push his case as Darren Smith looks to narrow his side down ahead of Tokyo 2020. Sam Hiha, Tim Neild and Benji Edwards are the uncapped players in the Men’s squad. Both Neild and Edwards were part of the 2019 U21 NZ team that contested the Sultan of Johor Cup.

Darren Smith commented on the squad “We wanted to have a squad that had some upward pressure on the national team, we believe the players in this squad are capable of doing this and pushing their case for Olympic Selection”.

“The 10 players that have been selected were either recently part of the National Squad or the U21 Johor teams. The players have been selected after some outstanding performances at the 2019 Ford NHL, I am looking forward to working with all of them”

Graham Shaw commented on the youth in the squad “We have been fortunate to name several up and coming players in our squad, the experience that these players will receive in training with the national squad will be valuable in ensuring that we continue to develop world-class players”.

2020 Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Development Squad

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

ASSOCIATION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Jessie Anderson

Canterbury

Midfield / Striker

21

2

3

Leah Butt

Canterbury

Defender

23

2

29

Madi Doar

Auckland

Midfield / Striker

20

31

Maddie Dowe

Auckland

Defender

22

8

Ella Hyatt-Brown

North Harbour

Defender / Midfield

22

7

Kate Ivory

North Harbour

Defender

20

Tyler Lench

Auckland

Striker

22

34

Hope Ralph

Taranaki

Striker

19

Catherine Tinning

Canterbury

Midfield / Striker

23

4

Tayla White

Auckland

Midfield

23

2020 Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Development Squad

 

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

ASSOCIATION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

George Connell

Canterbury

Defender

29

6

1

Dominic Dixon

Hawkes Bay

Goalkeeper

23

3

Benji Edwards

North Harbour

Defender

21

26

Xavier Guy

North Harbour

Defender/Midfield

21

2

Sam Hiha

Hawkes Bay

Striker

22

5

Harry Miskimmin

Wellington

Defender/Midfielder

25

56

Tim Neild

Waikato

Midfield

21

28

Dominic Newman

Canterbury

Striker

23

56

31

Hayden Phillips

Horowhenua

Midfield/Striker

21

89

32

Mackenzie Wilcox

Poverty Bay

Midfield/Striker

23

28

The Vantage Black Sticks Men will next return to the turf on February 1st when North Harbour Hockey will play host to the World Champion Belgium Men as the sides will look to match the epic 4-4 draw they played out in 2019.

 

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