Black Sticks Men’s team named for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Black Sticks Men’s team has been announced for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which will be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from 24 May to 3 June. It is the last tournament the Black Sticks will compete in before the Olympic team is named in mid June.

Black Sticks LogoOther teams competing are Great Britain, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and India as well as host country Malaysia, who are the only team not to have qualified for this year’s Olympics.

“This will be a great quality tournament for us and offers an opportunity to test ourselves against teams we’ll be playing against in London. Korea and India are both in our pool at the Olympics, so we are looking forward to playing them,” says captain Dean Couzins, who will likely reach his 250th test cap during the tournament. Continue reading →

South Africa Joins in London through FIH Olympic Qualifier (Men) Kakamigahara 2012

FIH Olympic Qualifier (Men) Kakamigahara 2012

Final Standings:

  1.   RSA – South Africa (Qualifies for London Olympics)
  2.   JPN – Japan
  3.   CHN – China
  4.   AUT – Austria
  5.   CZE – Czech Republic
  6.   BRA – Brazil

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Japan Books ticket to London in FIH Olympic Qualifier (Women) Kakamigahara 2012

FIH Olympic Qualifier (Women) Kakamigahara 2012

Final Standings:

  1.   JPN-Japan (Qualifies for London Olympics 2012)
  2.   AZE-Azerbaijan
  3.   CHI-Chile
  4.   BLR-Belarus
  5.   MAS-Malaysia
  6.   AUT-Austria

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Big changes afoot for National Under 21 Tournament

Some big changes are coming to the 2012 National Under 21 Tournament, which is set to take place at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton from 7-12 May.

Hosted by Waikato Hockey, the tournament will see a change to the format with two pools of four, which was the same format used at the Owen G Glenn FIH Men’s Champions Trophy last year. This replaces the format from last year which was a round robin followed by finals.

The very popular Penalty Shoot-out Competition will again be used at this year’s tournament in the event of any drawn games.

Similar to the National Hockey League, the tournament will this year see Men’s and Women’s teams representing the eight regions from Northland to Southern competing for the national title. The combined team previously known as Northern, has split to allow teams from Northland and North Harbour to compete as independent regions. Continue reading →

Hockey New Zealand acknowledges the best in the game

Black Sticks co-captain Kayla Sharland and goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex have been announced as the 2011 Players of the Year at the Hockey New Zealand Awards Dinner held in Wellington on Saturday 28 April.

The evening also acknowledged the unsung heroes of the sport presenting 20 recipients from throughout the country with bronze, silver or gold awards for the huge contribution they have made to the sport.

“It is so important that we acknowledge those who continue to make an invaluable contribution to their hockey community – these are the people that keep hockey running well at a local level,” says Chief Executive Hilary Poole.

Sport New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin presented Black Sticks Phil Burrows and Ryan Archibald with a framed shirt for reaching 250 international test caps – making them the highest capped hockey players in New Zealand’s history. Continue reading →

Early goals give Australia comfortable Four Nations victory, India finished at third

Australia has held on for a 3-1 victory over the Black Sticks Women in the final of the second series of the Four Nations tournament tonight at the Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium in Pakuranga, Auckland.

Three early first half goals put the home side on the back foot and they never recovered to hand their trans-Tasman rivals the second Four Nations title.

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