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Big Stadium Hockey is set to captivate London

Published on Friday, 21 June 2019

Big Stadium Hockey is set to captivate London

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Great Britain Women. Monday 24th June at 03:30am. Coverage is on Spark Sport

 

The Vantage Black Sticks Women will take to the turf for the final time in the 2019 FIH Pro League on Monday morning as they take on Great Britain at The Stoop, London. The match is going to be an incredible spectacle as it is being played on a Polytan Portable Pitch which has been laid specifically for this match. These will be the first matches in the FIH Pro League that will be played in front of 15,000 spectators with a sell out crowd ready to see the two sides battle it out. 

 

The last time these two teams met, the Vantage Black Sticks Women put together a complete performance at the Ngå Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch where the New Zealand side came away 5-1 winners behind a hat trick from the competitions leading goal scorer Olivia Merry.

 

Graham Shaw commented ahead of the match “We have managed to give our team a rest day before we start our preparation for Great Britain. The team have really enjoyed the Pro League and it has been a great opportunity to play world class opposition consistently. It has been very demanding on the players and managing the rest periods is a real challenge”

 

Shaw also talked about the amazing match that is going to take place at The Stoop, London “The team is really excited about playing in front of 15,000 people on Sunday, it should make for a fantastic atmosphere. We are really looking forward to getting onto The Stoop pitch on Friday and testing out the Polytan portable pitch”

 

Key Matchup

Megan Hull has enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, making her debut against Malaysia in 2016 where she accumulated four caps, Hull had not featured for the Vantage Black Sticks since that series. In 2019 Hull has not only featured in every match for the New Zealand Women but has set herself up as being a defensive rock, consistently cleaning up the oppositions fast breaks and putting some great passes through to the New Zealand midfielders.

 

Lily Owsley has been on the international scene for a while now and has managed to achieve some significant milestones such as being part of the 2016 Rio Olympics Gold Medal winning team. Lily currently leads the Great Britain side in goals scored with four and will be looking to increase this total against a side that she has already scored twice against previously.

 

 

Name

Position

Caps

Sam Charlton

Midfielder

241

Tarryn Davey

Midfielder

51

Katie Doar

Midfielder

7

Steph Dickins

Defender

22

Ella Gunson

Defender

211

Megan Hull

Defender

19

Brooke Neal

Defender

165

Rose Keddell

Midfielder

197

Olivia Merry

Striker

220

Stacey Michelsen ©

Midfielder

275

Alia Jaques

Midfielder

10

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

54

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

117

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

180

Olivia Shannon

Striker

13

Holly Pearson

Striker / Midfielder

8

Liz Thompson

Defender

186

Amy Robinson

Striker

70

Shiloh Gloyn

Striker

88

 

*One to be omitted 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Great Britain Men. Monday 24thJune at 1:00am. Coverage is on Spark Sport

 

The Vantage Black Sticks Men will take to the turf for the final time in the 2019 FIH Pro League when they take on Great Britain. Traditionally these two sides have had some close battles and this one promises to be another close match with both sides in desperate need of the three competition points.  

 

The last time these two sides met Great Britain walked away with a convincing 6-2 win over the Vantage Black Sticks. Great Britain’s leading goal scorer Sam Ward scored three goals in the match as the Vantage Black Sticks Men struggled to cope with the physicality that the British side brought to the match. 

 

The New Zealand side have been looking more composed in the European leg of the FIH Pro League which has seen them draw with two of the competitions best sides in Germany and The Netherlands. The Black Sticks will look to finish their inaugural season in the FIH Pro League with their first win against a Great Britain side that still has everything to play for as they desperately try and make the top four and the Grand Final Weekend. 

 

Key Matchup 

Shea McAleese the veteran Black Sticks defender is quietly approaching 300 caps for the New Zealand team. McAleese has been going from strength to strength as the competition progresses. Always a presence on the defensive end for the New Zealand team, McAleese has been finding space on the attacking end and starting to apply some significant pressure on the opposition defence. 

 

Sam Ward gave the Black Sticks defenders fits last time these sides met as he completed a hattrick which set Great Britain up for a fantastic 6-2 win. Ward has been on a tear in the FIH Pro League having scored eight goals for the British side throughout the competition. Ward also enjoys playing against the Black Sticks having scored four goals in the three matches he has played against them and having never suffered a defeat to the New Zealand side.

 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

71

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

54

Shea McAleese

Defender

290

Cory Bennett

Defender

88

Dane Lett

Defender

55

Kane Russell

Defender

142

Nic Woods

Midfielder

108

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

272

Nick Ross

Midfielder

109

Marcus Child

Midfielder

153

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

38

Hugo Inglis

Striker

223

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

81

Jared Panchia

Striker

116

Jacob Smith

Striker

66

Dom Newman

Striker

66

Stephen Jenness

Striker

231

Sam Lane

Striker

44

George Muir

Striker

124

 

*One to be omitted 

 

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