Black Sticks captain retires
Towns went into the just-completed three match Oceania Cup series on 214 caps, equal with the previously highest capped international, the now-retired Umesh Parag of
The 33-year-old Aucklander retires with 217 caps.
Towns has played for
In addition to captaining the side, Towns has played the pivotal centre-half position, where his experience will be hard to replace. He is respected internationally for his gutsy performances, tactical awareness and commitment.
Towns decided to retire three weeks ago, but opted to play the final Oceania Cup series in
“I had a talk with Dad (
Towns said the last five years of his career have been the most enjoyable. The highlight was
“I have lost a captain, a friend and a player who is a key to our game. I wish Simon well. He has given so much to the game as a captain, an important player on the field and a great leader on and off the field,” Black Sticks coach Kevin Towns said.
“Simon has a real physical presence in the game and plays end to end. He gives 100 percent and has played himself to exhaustion on many occasions.”
“Under Simon's leadership the Black Sticks men's team have become a respected force in world hockey with a Commonwealth Games silver medal in
“Simon is another of a list of recent experienced internationals that Hockey NZ are indebted to for their leadership and long service to our sport."
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