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Black Sticks call on late injury cover

Black Sticks call on late injury cover

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Injuries have forced two late changes to the Black Sticks Women’s team for the FIH Champions Trophy in London

Injuries have forced two late changes to the Black Sticks Women’s team for the FIH Champions Trophy in London.

Veteran Emily Gaddum will miss the tournament due to a back injury while Samantha Charlton is recovering from a hairline fracture in her hand picked up during the International Hockey Open in Darwin.

Capital midfielder Kelsey Smith (13 test caps) has been called into the team following an impressive performance in Darwin, while Auckland’s Julia King (105 caps) also slots in as cover.

The Black Sticks go up against the Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Great Britain and USA at the Champions Trophy from 19-27 June, in what serves as the final major tournament before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Despite injuries, the team is still hugely experienced and led by the likes of Kayla Whitelock (243 tests), Anita McLaren (232), Gemma Flynn (231), Stacey Michelsen (201) and Charlotte Harrison (207).

The Black Sticks open their campaign against world number one Netherlands on Sunday 19 June  at 3am (NZ time), with a rematch of the Darwin final against Australia the following day.

All Black Sticks games will be broadcast live and replayed on SKY Sport.

The team has flown out of the country today for one-off games against Netherlands and Belgium before heading to London for the Champions Trophy.

The New Zealand Women’s Olympic team will be selected following the conclusion of the tournament.

CLICK HERE for the full Champions Trophy match schedule

BLACK STICKS WOMEN
Champions Trophy, London

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

21

100

22

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

26

231

10

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

24

54

12

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

26

142

23

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

207

26

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Defender/Midfielder

25

102

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

22

121

15 Julia KING Auckland Midfielder/Striker 23 105

32

Anita McLAREN

Capital

Midfielder

28

232

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

24

125

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

25

201

9

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

23

81

18

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

25

46

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

34

105

 25 Kelsey SMITH Capital Midfielder 21  13

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

21

108

6

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

Striker/Midfielder

26

137

1

Kayla WHITELOCK

Central

Midfielder/Striker

30

235

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