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After a two week gap in their schedule both Vantage Black Sticks return to action in a Friday night double header at North Harbour Hockey Stadium.

First up is the Vantage Black Sticks Women who will be taking on the up and coming United States Women.

Following 2 wins out of 3 at Ngå Puna Wai Sports Hub the Vantage Black Sticks Women will be looking for another strong performance in the hopes of securing their 3rdwin of the FIH Pro League.

After struggling in their opening matches of the FIH Pro League the United States Women put a more convincing performance together against the Australian Women last weekend before eventually succumbing 2-1.

They will be looking to back this performance up against a New Zealand side that looks to be finding their feet as the competition progresses.

The Vantage Black Sticks Women put in to convincing performances down in Christchurch which saw them thoroughly outclass the highly ranked Great Britain Women before eventually coming through a tough match against the China Woman 2-0.

Look out for Vantage Black Sticks Midfielder Sam Charlton who has so far amassed an incredible 231 caps for her country and seems to be getting stronger as the competition progresses.

Sam has been playing a great set up role for her team, however don’t be surprised if she manages to find herself open in the attacking circle and looks to slot home a goal.

Black Sticks Coach Sean Dancer has made 3 changes to the side that beat China in which sees Madison Doar make her Pro League debut and younger sister Katie Doar is set to make her debut at 17 years old for the Vantage Black Sticks Women.

Following this match the Vantage Black Sticks Women will have one day to recover before Argentina comes to town for the second match of the weekend which is on Sunday at 4:40pm.

Argentina has had a week off since their last match where they narrowly fell 2-1 to the Netherlands and will be looking to get their Pro League campaign back on track.

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs United States. Friday 8thMarch at 5:10pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Argentina. Friday 10thMarch at 4:40pm. Coverage is on TVNZ Duke and Spark Sport

Blacksticks Womens Squad 

Name

Position

Caps

Sam Charlton

Defender

231

Tarryn Davey

Midfielder

42

Frances Davies

Defender

58

Madison Doar

Striker

30

Ella Gunson

Defender

201

Megan Hull

Defender

9

Rose Keddell

Defender

188

Olivia Merry

Striker

210

Stacey Michelsen ©

Midfielder

265

Brooke Neal

Defender

158

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

43

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

108

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

174

Olivia Shannon

Striker

5

Kelsey Smith

Midfielder

91

Liz Thompson

Defender

178

Amy Robinson

Striker

61

Katie Doar

Defender

Debut

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