Sophie Cocks (right) was a stand-out performer earlier this year at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany
Sophie Cocks (right) was a stand-out performer earlier this year at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany
(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

 

TET Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has named three debutants in his team to compete at the Oceania Cup which starts next Wednesday in Taranaki.

Midlands defender Brooke Neal, Auckland defender Liz Thompson and Canterbury striker Sophie Cocks will all earn their first international caps at the tournament which runs from 30 October - 3 November at the TET Multisports Centre in Stratford.

The team is also stacked with experience with Kayla Sharland, Emily Naylor, Gemma Flynn, Anita Punt and Krystal Forgesson all having played more than 100 games for the Black Sticks.

Hager is looking forward to the Oceania Cup as the first chance to give the newly named 2013/14 National Squad a run against top opposition.

 “We are really looking forward to getting back into competition. We haven’t played since World League Round 3 so it will be a good test of where we’re at,” he said. “It’s a new group and we’re excited to play the first series together ahead of what is going to be a very busy next 12 months for us.”

The complete squad can be found below, while more on this story can be found my clicking here. 

The Black Sticks Women play their first game at the Oceania Cup against Australia at 5.30pm (UTC/GMT+13) on Wednesday 30 October. The game will be live streamed on the Hockey New Zealand website (www.hockeynz.co.nz)

Tickets are selling fast, and can be purchased at www.ticketdirect.co.nz

BLACK STICKS WOMEN – OCEANIA CUP
TET MULTISPORTS CENTRE, TARANAKI

30 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER

SHIRT # NAME AGE CAPS
18 Bridget BLACKWOOD 22 36
13 Sam CHARLTON 21 61
17 Sophie COCKS 19 -
18 Rhiannon DENNISON 20 14
22 Gemma FLYNN 23 141
3 Krystal FORGESSON 31 183
26 Pippa HAYWARD 23 24
24 Rose KEDDELL 19 23
15 Julia KING 20 48
2 Emily NAYLOR 27 222
9 Brooke NEAL 21 -
32 Anita PUNT 26 128
7 Aniwaka ROBERTS 24 19
30 Bianca RUSSELL 35 59
8 Sally RUTHERFORD 32 34
1 Kayla SHARLAND 27 188
16 Liz THOMPSON 19 -
6 Petrea WEBSTER 25 34

Source: Hockey New Zealand media release