22 May, 2013: The Hockeyroos will welcome back a number of familiar faces as they head to Europe for next month’s Investec Hockey World League in London with the aim of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The 20 athlete squad strikes a strong balance of experience and youth with seven athletes also eligible for the U21s and July’s Junior World Cup.
Former World Young Player of the Year Casey Eastham (NSW), Jordyn Holzberger (QLD), Jodie Schulz (QLD) and Jade Warrender (NSW) are among those returning to the side following injury. Emily Hurtz (NSW) is selected after spending the season playing club hockey for Dutch side Amsterdam.
Two recent debutants are also named. Edwina Bone (ACT) and Jane Claxton (SA) have received the call-up from Head Coach Adam Commens following their performances against Korea in Perth last month. Claxton is one of those still eligible for selection to the Jillaroos squad alongside Jade Warrender, Emily Smith, Anna Flanagan, Jordyn Holzberger, Karri McMahon and Georgia Nanscawen, who at 20 recently became the youngest player to play 100 matches for the Hockeyroos. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men have lost 1-0 against Korea at Papatoetoe Sports Centre tonight in a game full of speed and skill that was arguably their best game of hockey so far in the six-test series.
Black Sticks Hugo Inglis playing his 100th test match tonight against Korea at Papatoetoe (Credit photosport.co.nz)
“It was a good performance from us tonight and although it was frustrating to concede a goal early on, we were disciplined and played a good game of hockey. It is really pleasing that we are improving with every match, we just need to work on finishing off the opportunities that we create so we can get the goals on the scoreboard,” says head coach Colin Batch.
It was not the start New Zealand were hoping for, letting in an unfortunate soft goal in the first two minutes from Korean Nam Young Lee. A compelling attacking effort from the Koreans followed for the next 30 minutes and the Black Sticks held strong in defence to avoid conceding a second goal. Continue reading
The Junior Black Sticks Women (Under-21’s) have put on another strong display today winning 4-3 against Korea’s Under-21 side at Auckland Grammar Hockey Turf.
Junior Black Stick Michaela Curtis in action during today’s second test against Korea at Auckland Grammar Hockey Turf. (Credits: photosport.co.nz)
Coach Chris Leslie was pleased with today’s performance and says this series goes a long way in preparing players for the Junior World Cup in Germany in July.
“It was a step up from the first match [yesterday] and we certainly played with more intensity. We moved the ball on well and stretched the opposition on a number of occasions which was pleasing,” says Leslie. Continue reading
Korea have beaten the Black Sticks Men 2-1 in the fourth test at Pukekohe this afternoon despite an improved attacking effort from the Kiwis.
Black Sticks Phil Burrows in action in fourth test at Pukekohe against Korea (Credits: photosport.co.nz)
The Black Sticks worked hard in the second half to equalise, at times putting pressure on the Koreans, pushing forward and attacking with confidence. But the Koreans were clinical in their defensive effort, consistently turning over the ball in the circle and taking possession.
“Today’s performance was much better, we created more opportunities than in any other game so far – we created five or six very good chances. Even though it isn’t reflected on the scoreboard, it was by far our best performance of this series,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading
Germany 5 (Seekers, Rurher, Deeke, Grambusch, Windfeder) beat Ireland 2 (Watt, Good)
In the second of the the two test series Germany defeated Ireland by 5-2 in Mannheim to level the series, as Ireland had stunned the Olympic Champions in first test by 2-0. Three German goals in a 4 minute spell either side of half time was the difference between the sides. Germany took an early lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke in the 11m with Seekers converting from the spot. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men have lost 2-0 to Korea at Counties Manukau Hockey in Pukekohe this afternoon, breaking the series deadlock in the third game of the six-test series.
Black Sticks Debutant George Muir in action in today’s game. (Credits: photosport.co.nz.)
Korea were the more dominant side throughout the 70 minutes and found the net twice in the second half, despite a spirited defensive effort from the Kiwis.
“We are finding out a lot about our players during this series, we have a number of younger less experienced players and it is good to see exactly what level they are at ahead of World League 3 next month,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading