The countdown is on for the men’s and women’s Junior Black Sticks squads who have been selected for the respective Junior World Cups later this year.
File Photo: Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Australia in Jr World Cup Qualifier Final (Photo Credits: Don Shawyer)
Following the conclusion of the National U21 Tournament in Whangarei, head coaches Chris Leslie (Women) and Grant Edwards (Men) finalised their squads in preparation for the campaigns.
The Women’s Junior World Cup is being held in Germany from July 27th-August 4th this year, with a final team of 18 to be whittled down from the squad of 22 in the last week of May. 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 →
The Black Sticks Women have finished the first Four Nations in emphatic style after defeating Korea 3-0 in the final at the ITM Hockey Centre in Whangarei today.
Katie Glynn of New Zealand scoring a goal against Korea during 4 Nations Hockey in Whangarei
The Kiwis certainly saved their best performance at the tournament for last, putting on a clinic on both attack and defence.
It was a fast start from both sides but New Zealand took control late in the first half and scored two goals in quick succession thanks to Sian Fremaux and Katie Glynn to go into halftime up 2-0.
The momentum stayed with the Black Sticks in the second half with Fremaux putting the icing on the cake with her second goal of the game to seal the win. Continue reading →