New faces in Black Sticks Men’s Champions Trophy team

Head coach Colin Batch has made it clear that he is searching for the next group of Black Sticks that can make up his side for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Dean Couzins

Dean Couzins: Captain of Black Sticks for Champions Trophy

For the upcoming Champions Trophy to be held in Melbourne in December, Batch has opted to select eight new players including debutants Jacob Smith (Capital), Alex Shaw (Auckland) and goalkeeper Devon Manchester (Auckland). Goalkeeper Hamish McGregor (Southern), who only has one international test cap, has also made the side.

“There are a number of players who I believe need a shot – some just missed out on Olympic selection, others are younger players who I think have real talent and something to offer this side going forward,” says Batch, who was head coach for Belgium at the London Olympics and previously assistant coach of Australia. Continue reading →

9 Black Sticks to be Auctioned in World-Class Hockey League

An exciting new men’s hockey league in India will provide strong competition and a new source of income for the world’s best hockey players – and nine Black Sticks have signed up to be part of it.

Black Sticks LogoFollowing in the footsteps of the Indian Cricket IPL model, it is understood that the organisers of the new Hockey India League (HIL) will hold a live auction on the 7th November where the six city-based franchises will bid on approximately 100 international players. Continue reading →

Simon Child lead 9 Black Sticks to Hockey India League Players’ Auction

NEW DELHI, October 18: Simon Child, a member of the FIH World All Star team in 2009 and is on the road to becoming the most capped New Zealand hockey international, is among the nine stars from that country who will feature in next month’s Hockey India League Players’ Auction that will herald the onset of the prestigious Hockey India League in January next year.

Hugo Inglis

Hugo Inglis

With 93 goals from more than 170 matches, the 24-year-old Child has etched his mark as one of the world’s premier strikers with his unbelievable skills. Having started as a teenager, he has been a key member of New Zealand team in 2006 World Cup in Germany, 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2012 Games in London. Continue reading →