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The Vantage Black Sticks Men will be looking to put a tough couple of matches down in Christchurch behind them as they look to get their FIH Pro League campaign back on track this weekend against Spain.

Despite an improved effort on the offensive end the Black Sticks have been struggling to keep the opposition offences at bay.

Spain has been the real surprise team of the Men’s draw as they shocked the World Number 1 side Belgium in the opening match of the FIH Pro League.

They also beat the Netherlands side in what has been an impressive opening few rounds for the Spanish Men.

Watch out for Enrique Gonzalez who caused a number of problems for the Black Sticks Men at the World Cup and will be looking to put them under pressure once more.

For the Vantage Black Sticks Stephen Jenness returns to the side having missed the previous match against Germany. Watch out if Jenness gets open in the circle as he has a powerful shot and is capable of causing nightmares for opposing defences.

Following on from the match on Friday against Spain the Vantage Black Sticks will turn their attention towards Argentina who have started to put together some impressive performances after their 4-3 win against the Netherlands the previous week.

Dominic Newman will line up for his 50thmatch against the Argentina side in what is sure to be a strong Argentina defence that will be looking to minimise his goal scoring opportunities.

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Spain Men. Friday 8thMarch at 7:10pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport 

Blacksticks Squad vs Spain 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

62

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

46

Shea McAleese

Defender

281

Nic Woods

Midfielder

101

Dane Lett

Defender

46

Cory Bennett

Defender

79

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

264

Kane Russell

Defender

136

Harry Miskimmin

Midfielder

52

Nick Ross

Midfielder

102

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

30

Marcus Child

Midfielder

145

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

74

Mac Wilcox

Striker

23

Stephen Jenness

Striker

225

Dylan Thomas

Striker

11

Sam Lane

Striker

35

Jared Panchia

Striker

107

 

Blacksticks Squad vs Argentina

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Argentina Men. Friday 10thMarch at 2:40pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

62

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

46

Shea McAleese

Defender

281

Nic Woods

Midfielder

101

Dane Lett

Defender

46

Cory Bennett

Defender

79

Arun Panchia ©

Defender

264

Kane Russell

Defender

136

Dominic Newman

Striker

49

Nick Ross

Midfielder

102

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

30

Marcus Child

Midfielder

145

David Brydon

Defender

46

Mac Wilcox

Striker

23

Stephen Jenness

Striker

225

Dylan Thomas

Striker

11

Sam Lane

Striker

35

George Muir

Striker

117

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