Inframe : Arun Panchia / Photo Credits : Getty Images

The Black Sticks final home match in the FIH Pro League for 2019 is on Thursday April 25th (Anzac Day). The men will take on their Australian counterparts at North Harbour Hockey Stadium in what promises to be an entertaining match.

The Vantage Black Sticks Men will have the traditional poppy design heat pressed onto their uniforms in a special tribute to our servicemen and women on Anzac Day.

The New Zealand Defence Force Men will be playing the Australian Defence force in two curtain raisers which will begin with the women at 10:30am, followed by the men at midday on the 25th.

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s coach Darren Smith has made just one change to the team that was beaten 4-3 by Argentina in Rosario. Arun Panchia returns to the side to captain the team in the wake of Blair Tarrant’s absence.

The Black Sticks will be looking for improvements in the opening quarter of the match which has been their achilles heel in the early stages of the FIH Pro League. The Black Sticks fought back gallantly after finding themselves behind by 3 goals early in the first quarter against Argentina.

Xavier Guy the young North Harbour striker has been named to play his second match and his first match in front of his home crowd at North Harbour.

Australia possess two lightning drag flickers in Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers. If Australia earn penalty corners in the match watch as they look to put Richard Joyce and George Enersen under immense pressure in the New Zealand goal.

Black Sticks Mens Squad 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

66

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

50

Shea McAleese

Defender

285

Arun Panchia

Defender

267

Dane Lett

Defender

50

Cory Bennett

Defender

83

Harry Miskimmin

Midfielder

55

David Brydon

Defender

48

Xavier Guy

Midfielder

1

Marcus Child

Midfielder

148

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

34

Dominic Newman

Striker

52

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

77

Mac Wilcox

Striker

27

George Muir

Striker

120

Dylan Thomas

Striker

14

Sam Lane

Striker

39

Jared Panchia

Striker

111

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