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Vantage Black Sticks squad named for camp

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s head coach Darren Smith has named a squad of 34 players for an upcoming selection camp in Auckland.

The purpose of the camp is to assess talented players who stood out this year at the Vantage Under 18s, Vantage Under 21s, Ford National Hockey League and Australian Hockey League tournaments.

Athletes will be put through an extensive six days of hockey, physical, psychological and leadership challenges from 5-10 December.

Performances at the camp will help decide final selections of the 2018 National and Development squads.

Not all 2017 National Squad members will take part in the camp with several being moved immediately onto their physical programme following an intense 12 months of international and European club commitments.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring players who have come through our talent system into the Vantage Black Sticks environment and see how they stack up,” Smith said.

“You look at the likes of Hayden Phillips, who came into the national programme as a 17-year-old and ended up earning a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“We have a lot of talented athletes around the country so the sooner we can expose them to top level hockey and everything that comes with that the better.”

VANTAGE BLACK STICKS MEN – NATIONAL CAMP
5-10 December, Auckland

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

Reuben ANDREWS

Midlands

Defender

19

Cory BENNETT

North Harbour

Defender

26

David BRYDON

Canterbury

Defender

21

Malachi BUSCHL

Southern

Midfielder

18

James COUGHLAN

North Harbour

Midfielder

27

George CONNELL

Canterbury

Defender

27

Rob CREFFIER

Central

Midfielder

25

Dom DIXON

Southern

Goalkeeper

21

Nick ELDER

Southern

Midfielder

24

George ENERSEN

Canterbury

Goalkeeper

26

Connor GREENTREE

North Harbour

Midfielder

18

Daniel HARRIS

North Harbour

Striker

20

Cam HAYDE

Canterbury

Striker

26

Sam HIHA

Central

Striker

20

Kalyan JERAM

North Harbour

Striker

20

Richard JOYCE

North Harbour

Goalkeeper

25

Jonty KEANEY

Midlands

Striker

22

Kim KINGSTONE

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

23

Mick LAMMERS

North Harbour

Goalkeeper

23

Harry LAWSON

Central

Midfielder

18

Dane LETT

Capital

Defender

27

Harry MISKIMMIN

Capital

Defender

23

Leo MITAI-WELLS

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

22

George MUIR

North Harbour

Midfielder

23

Dominic NEWMAN

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

20

Kieran O’CONNOR

Southern

Midfielder/Striker

22

Jared PANCHIA

Auckland

Striker

24

Brad READ

Capital

Defender

22

Hayden PHILLIPS

Central

Midfielder

19

Aidan SARIKAYA

Midlands

Midfielder

21

Jacob SMITH

Capital

Striker

26

Dylan THOMAS

Central

Striker

21

Benedict van WOERKOM

Capital

Midfielder/Striker

25

Mac WILCOX

Central

Striker

21

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