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Black Sticks side named for Trans-Tasman

Black Sticks side named for Trans-Tasman

Black-Sticks-side-named-for-Trans-TasmanThe Black Sticks Women have named a versatile side to compete at the inaugural Trans-Tasman Trophy

Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has named a versatile side to compete at the inaugural Trans-Tasman Trophy in Auckland.

The team of 18 includes eight players in their first action since the Rio Olympics, along with plenty of young talent and two debutantes in Capital’s Felicity Reidy and Kim Tanner of Midlands.

The tournament also sees the return of several athletes who have seen limited action of the past few years such as Samantha Harrison, Michaela Curtis and Jenny Storey.

Coach Hager said it’s the first step in the next Olympic cycle leading into the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“It’s a fresh start for us after a tough Rio campaign and we have eight players who played there and are keen to get straight back to business,” he said.

“We’ve named a high quality group for the Trans-Tasman Trophy with plenty of players who have the opportunity to showcase their skills and put pressure on some of the more senior athletes for places in next year’s squad which will be named in December.”

Northland’s Stacey Michelsen is the most experienced in the team with 216 test caps while Olivia Merry, Pippa Hayward, Sally Rutherford and Liz Thompson have all played over 100 internationals.

Promising teenaged forwards Madison Doar (Auckland) and Samantha Polovnikoff (Northland) will also travel with the team as observers after impressing at the Ford National Hockey League.

“This series is a great learning experience for all our players against an opposition who is in a similar transitional phase after the Olympics.

“It’s exciting to have two debutantes with Felicity a genuine goal scoring threat up front and Kim a really quality defender who was a key player for Midlands during the NHL.

The Trans-Tasman Trophy is proudly supported by Ford, Polytan, Qantas, Educare, Trillian Trust and NZCT.

Presale tickets are still selling for the Trans-Tasman Trophy and are cheaper online than at the gate.

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BLACK STICKS WOMEN
Trans-Tasman Trophy

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Michaela CURTIS

Central

Striker

23

36

Natasha FITZSIMONS

Midlands

Defender

27

52

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

25

57

Erin GOAD

North Harbour

Defender/Midfielder

23

3

Jordan GRANT

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

25

60

Samantha HARRISON

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

25

93

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Defender/Midfielder

26

117

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

22

136

Rachel McCANN

Canterbury

Striker

23

29

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

24

140

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Striker

25

216

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

25

61

Felicity REIDY

Capital

Midfielder/Striker

23

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

35

126

Kelsey SMITH

Capital

Midfielder/Striker

22

28

Jenny STOREY

Canterbury

Defender

24

9

Kim TANNER

Midlands

Defender

24

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

21

122


TRAVELLING OBSERVERS

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Madison DOAR

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

17

Samantha POLOVNIKOFF

Northland

Striker

18

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