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Eight debutants named for Black Sticks Men

Eight debutants named for Black Sticks Men

Eight-debutants-named-for-Black-Sticks-MenThe Black Sticks Men will have eight players suiting up for their first test cap at the inaugural trans-Tasman series

The Black Sticks Men will have eight players suiting up for their first ever test cap at the inaugural trans-Tasman series in November.

Head coach Colin Batch has named a team of 20 to compete during the series which will see the Black Sticks Men and Women go head to head with Australia’s Kookaburras and Hockeyroos from 17-20 November at the Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium in Auckland.

Canterbury trio David Brydon, Sam Lane and Dominic Newman, Central pair Martin Atkinson and Rob Creffier, Capital’s Harry Miskimmin and Brad Read along with Kim Kingstone (Auckland) are set to make their debut.

The youthful and talented side will be led by veterans Nick Haig and Stephen Jenness, who are the only two with more than 100 games experience.

Batch said it was an exciting time for the group in what serves as the first on field action for the next four year Olympic cycle leading up to Tokyo 2020.

“This is a very fresh team but every player selected deserves to be there from what they have shown us over the past 12 months,” he said.

“Following on from Rio it’s the right time to explore and give some opportunities to younger players to see if they can step up to the challenge of reaching the level we believe they are capable of.

“For some of the guys, playing against the world’s best side Australia will also be the perfect preparation for the Junior World Cup later this year.”

Canterbury’s David Brydon, who was recently named Most Valuable Player at the Ford National Hockey League, was excited about his first test for the Black Sticks.

The 20-year-old is a hard-nosed and athletic defender who will also be representing New Zealand at the Junior World Cup (Under 21s) in India this December.

“I’m pretty excited about the chance to play my first game for the Black Sticks, it’s been a huge goal for me for a long time,” he said.

“When Colin gave me the call to tell me I had been selected I was a bit speechless to be honest and to be making my debut along with Sam [Lane] and Dom [Newman] will be pretty special.

“It will be a baptism of fire for us debutants against the Aussies which we are all really looking forward to and for me it’s also perfect preparation for the Junior World Cup.”

He will be the second David Brydon to represent New Zealand at the highest level with his uncle having played three tests in the 1990s.

There are a number of squad members who are refreshing after a tough Olympic campaign, playing club hockey in Europe or ruled out through injury.

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BLACK STICKS MEN
Trans-Tasman Series, Auckland

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

Martin ATKINSON

Central

Striker

23

Cory BENNETT

North Harbour

Defender

25

37

David BRYDON

Canterbury

Defender

20

James COUGHLAN

North Harbour

Midfielder

26

69

Robert CREFFIER

Central

Midfielder

24

Nick HAIG

Canterbury

Defender

29

193

Stephen JENNESS

Capital

Striker

26

164

Richard JOYCE

North Harbour

Goalkeeper

24

4

Kim KINGSTONE

Auckland

Striker

22

Sam LANE

Canterbury

Striker

19

Devon MANCHESTER

Auckland

Goalkeeper

26

94

Harry MISKIMMIN

Capital

Defender

21

Leo MITAI-WELLS

Midlands

Striker

21

4

Dominic NEWMAN

Canterbury

Striker

19

Hayden PHILLIPS

Central

Midfielder

18

23

Brad READ

Capital

Defender

21

Matt REES-GIBBS

Midlands

Midfielder

24

3

Nick ROSS

Midlands

Midfielder

26

34

Alex SHAW

Capital

Defender

26

73

Jacob SMITH

Capital

Striker

25

55

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