8 Mar 2019

Pro League returns

Pro League returns

Author: Canterbury Hockey  /  Categories: News  / 

Good luck to Olivia Merry, David Brydon, George Enersen, Sam Lane and Dominic Newman who are all part of the Vantage Black Sticks teams taking on USA (women), Spain (men) and Argentina (men and women) this weekend.

After a two week gap in their schedule both Vantage Black Sticks teams return to action tonight in a double header at North Harbour Stadium.

Vantage Black Sticks Women

First up the Vantage Black Sticks Women will be taking on the up-and-coming United States Women (WR:12). Following two wins out of three at Nga Puna Wai the team will be looking for another strong performance in the hopes of securing their third win in the FIH Pro League.

After struggling in their opening matches of the FIH Pro League the United States Women produced a much more convincing performance against the Australian Women last weekend before eventually succumbing 2-1. They will be looking to back up this performance tonight against a New Zealand side that looks to be finding their feet as the competition progresses.

The Vantage Black Sticks Women put in two convincing performances in Christchurch which saw them thoroughly outclass the highly ranked Great Britain women and then secure a hard fought win against the China Women.

Look out for Sam Charlton who has so far amassed an incredible 231 caps for the Black Sticks and seems to be getting stronger as the competition progresses. Sam has been playing a great set-up role for the team, however don't be surprised if she manages to find herself open in the attacking circle and looks to slot home a goal.

Black Sticks coach, Sean Dancer, has made three changes to the side that beat China, bringing Madison Doar back into the mix for her Pro League debut and her younger sister set to make her debut at 17 years old.

The women will then face off against the Argentinian women for their second match of the weekend on Sunday. Argentina has had a week since their last match where they narrowly fell 2-1 to the Netherlands, so they will be looking to get their Pro League campaign back on track. 

Vantage Black Sticks Women v United States - Friday 8 March 5.10pm, Coverage on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport.

Vantage Black Sticks Women v Argentina - Sunday 10 March, 4.40pm. Coverage on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport.

Vantage Black Sticks Men

The Vantage Black Sticks Men will be looking to put a tough couple of matches down in Christchurch behind them as they look to get their campaign back on track this weekend in their first match against Spain. Despite and improved effort at the offensive end the Black Sticks have been struggling to keep the opposition attackers at bay.

Spain has been the real surprise on the men's side as they shocked world number one Belgium in their opening match of the Pro League. They also beat the Netherlands side in what has been an impressive opening few rounds for the Spanish men. Watch out for Enrique Gonzalez who caused a number of problems for the Black Sticks Men at the World Cup last year.

For the Black Sticks Men Stephen Jenness returns to the side having missed the previous match against Germany and will add some much needed firepower to the attack and is capable of causing nightmares for opposing defences.

After the match tonight the Vantage Black Sticks Men will turn their attention towards Argentina who put together an impressive performance last week resulting in a 4-3 win against the Netherlands.

Dominic Newman will line up for his 50th cap against the Argentinian side.

Vantage Black Sticks Men v Spain - Friday 8 March, 7.10pm. Coverage on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport.

Vantage Black Sticks Men v Argentina - Sunday 10 March, 2.40pm. Coverage on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport.


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