The Black Sticks Women’s team has been named for their Asia Tour, playing matches against China and Korea from 29 May to 7 June. Coach Mark Hager has named a touring group of 20, electing to take two extra athletes than the usual 18 to provide more opportunity for athletes to push for Olympic selection.
Hager says selection has been extremely difficult, with competition between squad members fierce with Olympic selection looming.
“This travelling group is fairly close to what could be our Olympic team. Selection is far from game over for those left out and there’s certainly no guarantee that 16 from this 20 will make up the team for London,” says Hager. Continue reading →