Steve Edwards has rejoined the Black Sticks group alongside fellow big names Simon Child and Shea McAleese.
Steve Edwards has rejoined the Black Sticks group alongside fellow big names Simon Child and Shea McAleese.
(Photo: FIH / Stanislas Brochier)

Head coach Colin Batch has named his team to take on world champions Australia as well as Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki at the end of this month.

Simon Child and Steve Edwards return after a break from the team along with Shea McAleese who has recovered from injury. North Harbour players James Coughlan and Joe Bartholomew are also new additions since World League Three.

“We are all really looking forward to getting the competition underway, we are confident to play Australia and are looking forward to the challenge, it will be testing for us, but sets the scene for a big year of hockey in 2014,” said Batch.“To have Simon, Steve [Edwards] and Shea back in the team is great. They are Olympians and bring a level of experience to the team that gives us that good balance.” 

The Black Sticks Men come together next week for a National Squad camp at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health Centre on the North Shore before travelling down to Stratford ahead of their first game which is against Papua New Guinea.

“With the whole squad together next week we will have some more tactical based trainings - with two squad games scheduled as well. This camp is really the start of our 2014 World Cup campaign and throughout the week we will set in place a number of things that we want to achieve over the next twelve months,” said Batch. 

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Black Sticks Men – Oceania Cup
TET MultiSports Centre, Stratford, Taranaki

30 Oct-3 Nov
 

Shirt Name Age Caps
29 Hugo INGLIS 22 107
27 Stephen JENNESS 23 87
6 Simon CHILD 25 179
1 James COUGHLAN 23 20
14 Jared PANCHIA 19 18
25 Shea MCALEESE 29 181
31 Steven EDWARDS 27 155
24 Arun PANCHIA 24 110
18 Phil BURROWS 33 303
13 Marcus CHILD 22 40
8 Dean COUZINS 32 286
4 Nick HAIG 26 119
22 Blair TARRANT 23 81
2 Cory BENNETT 22 18
3 Joseph BARTHOLOMEW 25 16
19 Alex SHAW 23 27
16 Hamish MCGREGOR 25 19
20 Devon MANCHESTER 23 15


Staff
Head coach – Colin Batch
Assistant coach – Bryce Collins
Manager - Peter Van Breugel

 

Source: Hockey NZ website.