Strong Black Stick side named for Hawke’s Bay Cup!

By | March 18, 2016



Black Sticks women’s coach Mark Hager has injected a vast amount of experience back into his squad as he tries to find the “perfect balance” for the Rio Olympics.

Hager named an 18-strong squad on Friday for the Hawke’s Bay Cup, which features seven other international sides and runs from April 2-10 at Unison Park near Hastings.

Midfielder Anita Punt (222 caps), striker Charlotte Harrison (195), goalkeeper Sally Rutherford (105) and midfielder Julia King (93) all return after sitting out the recent six-match series in Argentina.

Black Sticks women’s team for Hawke’s Bay Cup: Charlotte Harrison, Julia King, Liz Thompson (Auckland), Georgia Barnett, Emily Gaddum (nee Naylor), Kayla Whitelock (Central), Sam Charlton, Gemma Flynn, Rose Keddell, Sally Rutherford (Midlands), Pippa Hayward, Olivia Merry, Rachel McCann, Sophie Cocks (Canterbury), Brooke Neal, Stacey Michelsen (Northland), Kirsten Pearce, (North Harbour), Anita Punt (Capital).