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Vantage Black Sticks Begin their Quest for World Cup Glory

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2018

Vantage Black Sticks Begin their Quest for World Cup Glory

  • The Vantage Black Sticks men take on France in the first game of their campaign on Friday 30th November at 02:30am 

  • This will be coach Darren Smith’s 4th World Cup (first as Vantage Black Sticks coach); 1998 (5th)2002 (9th)2010 (assistant coach - 9th)  

  • There are only 2 changes to the side that won Silver at the Commonwealth Games  

  • 8 Players are returning from the 2014 Hockey World Cup Team (Marcus Child, Jared Panchia, Kane Russell, Blair Tarrant, Arun Panchia, Shea McAleese, Stephen Jenness and Hugo Inglis)  

 

Fresh off a series win against Malaysia, the Vantage Black Sticks head into the 2018 Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup full of confidence and looking to out-perform all of their previous attempts to finish inside the top 6 at this tournament.  

 

Their first pool match sees them coming up against a French side who have been playing some incredibly good hockey. France have had some close results against some of the powerful European teams in Belgium and the Netherlands.  


In their second pool game, New Zealand will come up against a formidable opponent in reigning Olympic Champions Argentina who also possess the worlds most feared drag flicker in Gonzalo Peillat 


In their final pool game, the Vantage Black Sticks will then take on current world number 8 side Spain. The Spanish men have a young side but have been showing some great progression in recent seasons.  


Coach Darren Smith stated after the teams recent series in Malaysia that “We had a valuable 10 days in Malaysia. We took some valuable experience from the matches and the preparation has been invaluable as we look towards the World Cup and our first game against France”. 


Vantage Black Sticks Captain Blair Tarrant says "Looking ahead to France they are going to be a big challenge. They have had regular European competition as part of their preparation. The team is excited for the competition to get underway. The stadium is outstanding and the guys are ready to get involved". 


The top 3 sides from each pool will advance to the knock-out stages of the World Cup which being on December 10th. 

All games will be live on SKY Sport. Fans can also follow along live through the Vantage Black Sticks Twitter feed. 



2018 ODISHA MEN'S HOCKEY WORLD CUP SKY TV SCHEDULE


Title

Date

Time

Channel

New Zealand V France

30/11/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 4

New Zealand V Argentina

4/12/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 3

Spain V New Zealand

7/12/2018

00:30:00

SKY Sport 2

Cross-Over 1

11/12/2018

00:15:00

SKY Sport 2

Cross-Over 2

11/12/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 2

Cross-Over 3

12/12/2018

00:15:00

SKY Sport 2

Cross-Over 4

12/12/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 2

Qf1

13/12/2018

00:15:00

SKY Sport 2

Qf2

13/12/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 2

Qf3

14/12/2018

00:15:00

SKY Sport 2

Qf4

14/12/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 2

Sf1

15/12/2018

23:30:00

SKY Sport 1

Sf2

16/12/2018

02:00:00

SKY Sport 1

Bronze Medal Final

17/12/2018

00:00:00

SKY Sport 1

Gold Medal Final

17/12/2018

02:30:00

SKY Sport 1

Note All Games Coverage is Live



 


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