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Black Sticks look to keep rolling in Melbourne

Black Sticks look to keep rolling in Melbourne

Black-Sticks-look-to-keep-rolling-in-MelbourneThe Black Sticks Men’s team has been named for the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne

The Black Sticks Men are looking to continue their momentum at the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne later this week.

Fresh from Sunday night’s 2-1 win over the Kookaburras at the Ford Trans-Tasman Trophy, head coach Colin Batch has named a team of 18 who travel to Melbourne this evening.

The four nations event sees the return of four senior Black Sticks who competed at the Rio Olympic Games in Shea McAleese, Hugo Inglis, Arun Panchia and Kane Russell. Striker Jared Panchia also slots into the side.

McAleese, who has been playing club hockey in Europe, will captain the Black Sticks during the series which runs from 23-27 November at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne.

The International Festival of Hockey sees the Black Sticks go up against hosts Australia, India and Malaysia in one-off tests ahead of finals day on Sunday.

Coach Batch said the Ford Trans-Tasman Trophy was a great stepping stone for the Black Sticks Men with Melbourne another opportunity to continue progressing.

“Playing consistently has been a big focus for us, and we haven’t always been able to do that but we did that pretty well at Trans-Tasman,” he said.

“We go to Melbourne determined to put together good performances in four games and certainly we are out there to win.

“It will be great to welcome back five players, four who have been playing in Europe, so they will be in good match form and we look forward to what they will add to the group.”

The Black Sticks play their first game in Melbourne against Malaysia on Wednesday at 6:00pm (NZ time), with live coverage on SKY Sport.

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BLACK STICKS MEN
International Festival of Hockey, Melbourne

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Martin ATKINSON

Central

Striker

23

3

Cory BENNETT

North Harbour

Defender

25

40

James COUGHLAN

North Harbour

Midfielder

26

72

Robert CREFFIER

Central

Midfielder

24

3

George ENERSEN

Canterbury

Goalkeeper

25

15

Nick HAIG

Canterbury

Defender

29

196

Hugo INGLIS

Southern

Striker

25

182

Stephen JENNESS

Capital

Striker

26

167

Richard JOYCE

North Harbour

Goalkeeper

24

6

Kim KINGSTONE

Auckland

Striker

22

3

Shea McALEESE (c)

Central

Midfielder

32

239

Harry MISKIMMIN

Capital

Defender

21

3

Arun PANCHIA

Auckland

Midfielder

27

201

Jared PANCHIA

Auckland

Striker

23

51

Matt REES-GIBBS

Midlands

Midfielder

24

6

Nick ROSS

Southern

Midfielder

26

37

Kane RUSSELL

Southern

Defender

24

87

Jacob SMITH

Capital

Striker

25

58

 

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