Wellington striker named top Black Sticks player

Outstanding performances in both the FIH Pro League and the new Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League have seen Jacob Smith named Vantage Black Sticks Men’s 2020 Player of the Year at the Hockey New Zealand Awards.

Vantage Black Sticks Head Coach Darren Smith said the Wellington striker had a fantastic year.

“Jacob was instrumental in the qualification for Tokyo and he then carried that form on into the early parts of the Pro League.”

The 30-year-old was also in fine form in the new Premier Hockey League in late 2020 helping his Central Falcons side to the inaugural title with five goals, and claiming the Most Valuable Player award.

Jacob Smith, who works as a solicitor at Dentons Kensington Swan, has 86 caps and 12 goals for his country after making his debut in 2012.

Under-21 Player of the Year

Meanwhile new Vantage Black Stick Sean Findlay was named Under-21 Player of the Year at Friday’s awards.

The Hawke’s Bay midfielder was named in the 2021 Black Sticks squad after a strong performance in last year’s Premier Hockey League with the victorious Central Falcons side.

Findlay, who is the youngest member of the current Black Sticks squad and is yet to make his debut, was also outstanding in the 2019 Sultan of Johor Cup for New Zealand Under-21.

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