Creffier named captain of Junior Black Sticks for World Cup

After a broken thumb at the Ford National Hockey League (New Zealand) this August, Auckland’s Rob Creffier wasn’t sure if he was going to get to the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup this month, let alone be named captain of the Junior Black Sticks’ side.

Junior Blacks during a practice session before Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi

Junior Blacks during a practice session before Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi

The 21-year-old midfielder said it was a real honour to be announced captain by Junior Black Sticks head coach Grant Edwards and is looking forward to leading the team onto the field this Friday when they play their first game against Malaysia in New Delhi (Full Schedule here).

“It is a really privileged position, when I’m on field I like to lead by example by being disciplined and having a high work rate and hopefully that encourages others to follow. I think that discipline carries off the field as well. As a team we have recognised the job we are trying to do and now we just need to do it the best we can,” says Creffier who also captained Auckland’s Under-21 team to victory in 2013, which was the first time the team had won in 14 years. Continue reading →

The Hockey Foundation raise more than $50k for the Junior Black Sticks at Gala Dinner

The Hockey Foundation has raised more than $50,000 for the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women ahead of the 2013 Junior World Cup at a glitzy gala dinner in Auckland.

Hockey Foundation Chairman Jon Tanner (Credits: Sue Shepherd)

Hockey Foundation Chairman Jon Tanner (Credits: Sue Shepherd)

Over 300 people attended the Craigs Investment Partners Junior Black Sticks Gala Dinner held at the Langham Hotel two weeks ago, and with 34 auction items up for grabs throughout the evening there was incredible support from the hockey community and business leaders.

The generous spirit of the hockey community and the entertainment throughout made it a very special evening.

Junior Black Stick Jared Panchia attended and said it was humbling to meet in person some of the sponsors and the generous individuals that support the teams.

“A lot of the Junior Black Sticks are studying and it is often our parents we rely on for financial support for the various tournaments we attend. It is just awesome that people out there are willing to help and support us – it means a lot,” says Panchia. Continue reading →

Parnham Named Young US Women’s Team For 4 Nations Hockey in New Zealand

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 27, 2013 – U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham has selected a squad with a balance of youth and experience for two upcoming Four Nations tournaments in Auckland, New Zealand April 4-21, featuring Argentina, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, displaying his commitment to develop and implement fresh talent into the senior high performance program.

USA Field Hockey LogoParnham has included eight athletes with less than 10 caps to the U.S. roster for the tour. Five collegiate athletes, including, Caitlyn Van Sickle (University of North Carolina), Maxine Fluharty (University of Maryland), Nikki Parsley (Northwestern University), Amanda Fleischut (Drexel University) and Emma Bozek (University of North Carolina) will look to make their debut wearing red, white and blue for Team USA. Continue reading →