Five Junior Black Sticks are among the top 18 players selected by National Coach Mark Hager to take on
Katie Glynn, Ella Gunson, Lucy Talbot (
The Black Sticks side is built around a core of experienced players including defenders Beth Jurgeleit, (goalkeeper), Emily Naylor, Kate Saunders, Kate Mahon; midfielders Kayla Sharland and Stacey Carr and strikers Krystal Forgesson and Charlotte Harrison.
Hager believes his attack compares well with the best teams in the world. Defensively however, there is work to be done after conceding 23 goals in five matches during the recent series. Putting the record into perspective however,
“We definitely need to tighten our defence or
“This is a good opportunity for the 18 to prove themselves and to see how they perform under the pressure of qualifying for a World Cup,” Hager says.
The winner of the Oceania Cup will gain direct entry to the 2010 BDO World Cup being hosted by
The Cup will be played in Invercargill at the Turnbull Thomson Hockey Stadium from 25- 29 August. It will be contested by
Before that, the five Junior Black Sticks will play in the 2009 Junior World Cup from 3 – 16 August in
Source: Hockey New
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