Sharland and Wilson named best Black Sticks Hockey Players

27th April, 2013: Co-captain Kayla Sharland and striker Nick Wilson have taken out the top honours at the Hockey New Zealand Annual Awards Dinner held in Auckland tonight.

Michaela Curtis (right) congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton tonight against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File Photo: Kayla Sharland being congratulated for a goal by Michaela Curtis (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Both were presented with the 2012 Player of the Year Award and acknowledged for their consistently exceptional performance throughout the year, especially during the London Olympics.

The Under-21 Player of the Year was handed to Dunedin drag flicker Kane Russell while hard working defender Sam Charlton collected the women’s equivalent.

A plumbing apprentice, Russell has worked his way into the Black Sticks over the last two years and is now regularly outclassing the opposition with his trademark drag flick. Continue reading →