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Vantage Black Sticks Men prepare for busy finish to 2019

Published on Thursday, 15 August 2019

Vantage Black Sticks Men prepare for busy finish to 2019

The Vantage Black Sticks Men will return to action against the world number 16 ranked Japan Men. The series in Tokyo will be played at the Olympic Stadium on the new Polytan GT playing surface which has been prepared more than a year out from the opening of the Olympic Games.

 

The New Zealand Men will be looking to use this tournament as a way to prepare for the Oceania Cup which begins in Rockhampton on the 4thSeptember. The matches in Tokyo are going to allow the team to try some new combinations as they prepare for a busy final few months in 2019 which will see the team attempt to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

 

Darren Smith has been able to name an experienced side which will be looking to build on the development that they gained in the first FIH Pro League. The last time that these two sides met Japan came away with a 2-1 series win in 2018 after they stunned a young Black Sticks side. 

 

Darren Smith commented ahead of the series “The test event is going to allow us the opportunity to get ready for qualification and test the environment in Tokyo. The experience that we will gain against the three strong sides will prepare the team well ahead of the Olympic qualification series.” 

 

The Vantage Black Sticks will be supported in Tokyo by recent Kookaburra Glenn Turner who has signed on with the side as the striker coach as the side prepares for Olympic qualification. Turner will bring a wealth of experience to the side having been capped 136 times for Australia and in that time scored a whopping 96 goals. 

 

Look out for star striker for the Vantage Black Sticks Hugo Inglis who showed some outstanding form in the early rounds of the FIH Pro League, if given space Inglis is capable of causing issues for any defence in world hockey, the New Zealand Men will be hoping that Inglis can carry his goalscoring form through to the second half of 2019. 

 

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Japan from Tokyo at 10:00pm NZT

 

Player

Position

Province

Caps

Richard Joyce

Golkeeper

North Harbour

72

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

Canterbury

55

Shea McAleese

Defender

Central

291

Cory Bennett

Defender

North Harbour

89

Dane Lett

Defender

Capital

56

Arun Panchia

Defender

Auckland

273

Kane Russell

Defender

Southern

143

Nic Woods

Midfielder

Midlands

109

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

Midlands

39

Nick Ross

Midfielder

Southern

110

Marcus Child

Midfielder

Auckland

154

Hugo Inglis

Striker / Midfielder

Southern

224

Hayden Phillips

Striker / Midfielder

Central

82

Jacob Smith

Striker / Midfielder

Capital

67

Stephen Jenness

Striker

Capital

232

Sam Lane

Striker

Canterbury

45

George Muir

Striker

North Harbour

125

Jared Panchia

Striker

Auckland

117

 

Ready, Steady, Tokyo Schedule

17thAugust – Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Japan 10:00pm NZT

18thAugust – Vantage Black Sticks Men vs India 10:00pm NZT

20thAugust – Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Malaysia 12:30pm NZT

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