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Vantage Black Sticks Named to take on Australia

Vantage Black Sticks Named to take on Australia
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The Vantage Black Sticks Women will be looking to put a tough performance against Argentina behind them. The New Zealand Women will be taking part in their first overseas match of the FIH Pro League as they look to get the better of their neighbours Australia. 
 
The Kiwi Women who are currently sitting 5th on the Pro League table will be looking to keep in touch with the top 4 when they come up against an Australian Women’s team who are looking to move into first place on the table. 
 
Australia have been the competitions offensive experts where they have scored 13 goals in their first 6 matches. The New Zealand Women are not to far behind this mark having scored 11 goals in their 7 matches so far. 
 
Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Coach Sean Dancer has made 4 changes to the teams that contested the matches against the USA and Argentina. Holly Pearson from Central has been named in the side to make her debut.
 
Sean Dancer commented ahead of the match “We need to look at some of our key movements and be more aggressive against Australia”
 
Watch out for Australia’s Mariah Williams who has returned from a series of injuries to rediscover her goal scoring form as she leads the Australian side with 3 goals for the tournament.   
Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Australia. Sunday 17th March at 7:00pm. Coverage is on Spark Sport
  Name Position Caps Sam Charlton Defender 233 Tarryn Davey Midfielder 44 Frances Davies Defender 60 Steph Dickins Defender 16 Ella Gunson Defender 203 Megan Hull Defender 11 Rose Keddell Defender 190 Olivia Merry Striker 212 Stacey Michelsen © Midfielder 267 Brooke Neal Defender 160 Grace O’Hanlon Goalkeeper 45 Kirsten Pearce Striker 110 Sally Rutherford Goalkeeper 176 Shiloh Gloyn Striker 81 Tessa Jopp Midfielder 19 Liz Thompson Defender 180 Amy Robinson Striker 63 Holly Pearson Midfielder Debut  
The Black Sticks Men will be hoping that a change of scenery brings a change in their fortunes. Despite some promising play in their recent matches the Black Sticks Men are still searching for their first win of the FIH Pro League. 
 
The New Zealand Men pushed Spain to the brink on Friday evening before the Spanish stormed back with two late goals to send the match into a shootout which Spain eventually would go on to win. 
 
The Black Sticks have made 3 changes to the previous weekend which sees experienced midfielder Hayden Phillips coming back into the match day squad to replace Marcus Child. 
 
The Australian Men have been enjoying a successful start to the FIH Pro League where they sit 2ndon the table behind only World Champions Belgium. Australia has scored an impressive 14 goals in the tournament so far. Jacob Anderson who is new to the international game is leading the Australian goal scoring charge having scored 3 goals in the 4 matches he has played. 
 
Watch out for Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers who are two of the most feared drag flickers in the world and have yet to find the back of the net in the tournament, something that they will be looking to rectify against the Black Sticks on Sunday. 
 
For the Vantage Black Sticks look out for Dylan Thomas who scored his first international goal against Spain on Friday evening and will be looking to build on this and use his speed and powerful shot to put the Kiwis on the front foot.    
Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Australia Men. Sunday 17th March at 5:00pm. Coverage is on Spark Sport 
  Name Position Caps Richard Joyce  Goalkeeper 64 George Enersen Goalkeeper 47 Shea McAleese Defender 283 Nic Woods Midfielder 103 Dane Lett Defender 48 Cory Bennett Defender 81 Arun Panchia © Defender 266 David Brydon Defender 46 Harry Miskimmin Midfielder 53 Nick Ross Midfielder 104 Aidan Sarikaya Midfielder 32 Dominic Newman Striker 50 Hayden Phillips Midfielder 75 Mac Wilcox Striker 25 George Muir Striker 118 Dylan Thomas Striker 12 Sam Lane Striker 37 Jared Panchia Striker 109    
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