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New Zealand women set for Oceania Cup

October 20, 2015

New Zealand women’s head coach Mark Hager has named a strong team to compete at the Oceania Cup in Stratford, New Zealand.

The Oceania Cup will see the New Zealand's 'Black Sticks' women take on Australia and Samoa from 21-25 October, with continental titles on the line.

The tournament doubles as an Olympic qualifier and despite both the New Zealand and Australia women having already qualified, valuable world ranking points are up for grabs.

The Black Sticks are fresh off their South Island tour where they drew the series 2-2 with world number three ranked Argentina.

Several key names return to the team after missing the recent series including influential midfielder Stacey Michelsen, goalkeeper Sally Rutherford, Ford National Hockey League Most Valuable Player Brooke Neal, Ella Gunson and Jordan Grant.

Auckland striker Charlotte Harrison and North Harbour defender Kat Henry have both earned a place in the side based on their recent performances.

Emily Naylor was ruled out through injury, while Kayla Whitelock is not quite back at full fitness. Gemma Flynn is unavailable for personal reasons.

Coach Hager said it’s a strong group brimming with speed, and the tournament is the perfect way to continue preparations for December’s FIH World League Final in Rosario, Argentina.

“This is a critical tournament for us - we need to perform well and make sure we achieve our targets and secure world ranking points,” Hager said.

“We’ve named the strongest team we have based on form and availability, with all these players having performed well during the Ford National Hockey League and Argentina series.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to view players on the international stage in preparation for the World League Final which is just two months away.”

For more information on the Oceania Cup and to buy tickets, click here.

Article: Hockey New Zealand


New Zealand Women

SHIRT #

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

23

144

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

21

73

10

Amelia GIBSON

Auckland

Goalkeeper

24

43

27

Jordan GRANT

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

24

55

12

Ella GUNSON

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

26

121

26

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

Defender/Midfielder

25

76

23

Charlotte HARRISON

Auckland

Striker

26

186

30

Kat HENRY

North Harbour

Defender

24

25

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

21

95

15

Julia KING

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

22

90

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

23

100

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

24

180

9

Brooke NEAL

Northland

Defender

23

57

18

Kirsten PEARCE

North Harbour

Striker

24

24

32

Anita PUNT (capt)

Capital

Midfielder

28

213

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goalkeeper

34

96

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

20

83

6

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

Striker/Midfielder

27

119

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