Black Sticks team for Asia Tour – a step closer towards Olympic selection

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.

Black Sticks Logo“This is another opportunity to play two more top eight teams and will assist in determining the final selection of the 16 players we will take to London,” says Hager.

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 →