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Black Sticks Men and Women look to build on impressive performances as they take on the Germans

Published on Thursday, 6 June 2019

Black Sticks Men and Women look to build on impressive performances as they take on the Germans

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Germany Women. Sunday 9thJune at 10:00pm. Coverage is on Spark Sport

 

The Vantage Black Sticks Women will be looking to avenge their loss to Germany at Nga Puna Wai in February, despite going up 1-0 in the first few minutes of the match the German Women roared back into the match and completed a convincing 3-1 win over the New Zealand side. 

 

Recent history suggests that this match is on a knife edge and could go either way with the previous 6 matches being split 50/50 and the goals for each side through this period being 11 to Germany and 12 to New Zealand. Look for the Vantage Black Sticks to continue their attacking style of play that they demonstrated last week against the USA.

 

Tarryn Davey is set to play in her 50thmatch for the Vantage Black Sticks Women, Davey got her first international goal against the United States. Look for Davey to continue to provide a steady influence in the middle of the field for the New Zealand team. 

 

Graham Shaw commented ahead of the match “We arrived in Germany on Tuesday evening before playing Germany at the end of the week on the Sunday. We will need to hold onto the ball better against Germany as their style of play will give us a lot of problems if we turn over the ball in dangerous areas. We will need to defend our 25 and circle with a lot more composure and limit the amount of goalscoring opportunities and penalty corners against us. We will be working hard on these areas during the week. 

 

In the attacking end we must continue to play our style as Germany will have real problems with our speed and transition play. Our ability to turn defensive moments into attacking moments is one of the best in World hockey and we will continue to focus on the quality we bring in these areas”. 

 

Key Matchup

Brooke Neal is a veteran of the Black Sticks defensive unit and returned to action against the USA team. Neal possesses a great range of skills and her long passing often puts the New Zealand team in a good position as they move up the field. Look for German striker Charlotte Stapenhorst to attempt to find space away from Neal as she will capatalise on any slight chances as she attempts to build on the five goals she has already scored in the FIH Pro League. 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Sam Charlton

Midfielder

238

Tarryn Davey

Midfielder

49

Katie Doar

Midfielder

4

Steph Dickins

Defender

19

Ella Gunson

Defender

208

Megan Hull

Defender

16

Brooke Neal

Defender

162

Rose Keddell

Midfielder

194

Olivia Merry

Striker

217

Stacey Michelsen ©

Midfielder

272

Alia Jaques

Midfielder

8

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

51

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

114

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

179

Olivia Shannon

Striker

10

Holly Pearson

Striker / Midfielder

5

Liz Thompson

Defender

183

Amy Robinson

Striker

68

Shiloh Gloyn

Striker

85

 

*One to be omitted 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Germany Men. Monday 10thJune at 12:30am. Coverage is on Spark Sport

 

The Vantage Black Sticks Men showed a renewed confidence in their first European match in the FIH Pro League when they defended resolutely to keep the Netherlands team off the score board. The New Zealand team had some moments of absolute brilliance on the attacking end in this match and will be looking to turn this into scoreboard pressure against a Netherlands side who have been performing incredibly well over the past few rounds in the FIH Pro League. 

 

Darren Smith commented “Against the Netherlands we were able to create several opportunities. The German team is going to be a tough side to play against and they were impressive in their match against the World Champion Belgium’s last week”.

 

While the New Zealand Men can no longer make the top four in the inaugural FIH Pro League, the side is looking to continue its positive play and building combinations as they build towards the Oceania Cup in Rockhampton in August.

 

Key Matchup

Kane Russell has been in outstanding form in the Belgium league for his club side which recently took out the Belgium National Title, look for Russell to bring this form onto the pitch for the New Zealand Men. Russell continually looks for space out wide and is constantly putting the opposition in two minds as he surges forward. Russell is sure to match up against German striker Florian Fuchs who possesses some great speed and dribbling skills, Fuchs matches these skills with outstanding passion as he will look to put the New Zealand defense under incredible pressure. 

 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

68

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

51

Shea McAleese

Defender

287

Cory Bennett

Defender

85

Dane Lett

Defender

52

Kane Russell

Defender

139

Nic Woods

Midfielder

105

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

269

Nick Ross

Midfielder

106

Marcus Child

Midfielder

150

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

35

Hugo Inglis

Striker

220

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

79

Jared Panchia

Striker

113

Jacob Smith

Striker

63

Dom Newman

Striker

63

Stephen Jenness

Striker

228

Sam Lane

Striker

41

George Muir

Striker

122

 

*One to be omitted 

 

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