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Black Sticks continue fine tuning in Darwin

Black Sticks continue fine tuning in Darwin

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The Black Sticks hit the shores of Darwin at the end of the month to compete at the International Hockey Open

The Black Sticks Women will hit the shores of Darwin at the end of the month to compete at the International Hockey Open.

The Four Nations series will see the Black Sticks, ranked fourth in the world, go up against Australia (3rd), Japan (10th) and India (13th) from 31 May – 4 June at the Marrara Hockey Stadium.

The tests are an important part of the side’s preparation for the Champions Trophy in London (19-27 June) and the Rio Olympic Games in August.

New Zealand open their campaign against India on Tuesday 31 May at 7:30pm (NZ time). All games will be streamed live and free of charge through Epicentre.tv

North Harbour striker Petrea Webster makes her comeback to the turf after missing the Hawke’s Bay Cup due to a broken nose and concussion suffered at training during January’s tour to Argentina.

Fellow Harbour striker Kirsten Pearce is also back in action having fully recovered from a broken thumb which happened at the Hawke’s Bay Cup.

Canterbury duo Sophie Cocks (currently on 96 caps) and Pippa Hayward (98 caps) are both likely to bring up their 100th tests for New Zealand during the series.

Head coach Mark Hager said the Darwin games are another great opportunity to give players game time and acclimatisation to warm weather in the lead up to Rio.

“Darwin gives us the chances to continue looking at players and how they perform during high intensity games,” he said.

“We see the series as a valuable and critical part of our build up to the Champions Trophy and also Rio, which is what all are preparations are building towards this year.”

The entire Black Sticks squad arrive in Darwin on Saturday 28 May for a training block before those not playing in the series fly back to New Zealand.

Following the conclusion of the International Hockey Open, a team will be named to compete at the Champions Trophy in London.

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BLACK STICKS WOMEN
International Hockey Open, Darwin

SHIRT

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

21

Georgia BARNETT

Central

Goalkeeper

21

26

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Def/Midfielder

24

167

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

21

96

2

Emily GADDUM

Central

Defender

30

270

10

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

24

52

12

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Midfielder/Def

26

138

23

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

203

26

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Def/Midfielder

25

98

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Def/Midfielder

22

117

15

Julia KING

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

23

101

11

Rachel McCANN

Canterbury

Midfielder

23

25

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

24

121

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Def

25

201

9

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

23

77

18

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

25

42

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

28

228

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

21

105

6

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

Striker/Midfielder

26

133

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