Hockey New Zealand and the Hockey Players Association have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which sets out the terms and conditions governing player contracts and the high performance environment.
The MOU is effective through until July 2015 and builds on the initial MOU between the parties which was signed in September 2011. One development of the MOU is that both organisations have agreed to further develop services that assist players in their careers outside of hockey. Continue reading
A strong combination of youth and experience will feature for the Black Sticks Women at FIH World League Round 3 at Rotterdam in June.
Head coach Mark Hager today named 18 players for the competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands which acts as a virtual semi-final scenario for the World League.
World League Round 3 is split into two eight-team competitions with one in Rotterdam and the other to be played in London. Continue reading
New Zealand’s top young talent will come together for the annual U21 Tournament in Whangarei next week with the upcoming Junior World Cup foremost in their minds.
The action gets underway this Sunday and runs throughout the week, culminating in finals day on Saturday 11th May.
On the Women’s side of the draw, one of the teams to watch will be Canterbury which features no less than four Black Sticks squad members – Cassandra Reid, Jenny Storey, Olivia Merry and Sian Fremaux. Continue reading
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.
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
April 24th, 2013: Several familiar faces and one debutant have been named in a strengthened Black Sticks Men’s series squad ahead of next month’s test series against Korea in Auckland.
George Muir to debut for Black Sticks (Photo Credit: Bethelle McFedries)
The six-game series will be played from 14th-22nd May with two games at Rangitoto College, two at the Southern Hockey Turf in Papatoetoe and two at Counties Manukau.
Head coach Colin Batch today named his 23-man squad with five additional players joining the same squad of 18 which played at the Azlan Shah Cup in March.
London Olympians Phil Burrows, Shea McAleese and Nick Haig return to the side along with young guns James Coughlan and George Muir.
Batch said the tests against Korea are a chance to continue the growth of the Kiwi side with selections under the microscope for the World League Semi-Finals in June. Continue reading
In abysmal conditions at Blake Park in Tauranga– and after the game being suspended and rescheduled – the Black Sticks Women have pulled off a 5-1 win against Korea to make tomorrow’s Four Nations final.
Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)
“It is pleasing to have made both Four Nations finals, but we need to go out tomorrow and put in our best performance. We have to learn to be consistent when it comes to winning the big games,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play a top side in a crucial game. We can’t be on the back foot against Argentina, as long as we play with good intensity and keep our defensive structure it should be a good game,” says Nicol. Continue reading