Inframe : Shea McAleese / Photo Credits : Getty Images

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith has made two changes to the side that lost 6-2 to Great Britain. After struggling to adapt to the pace of the new Nga Puna Wai turf the Vantage Black Sticks Men will be looking to put the previous weeks performance behind them as they meet Germany.

Germany comes over from Australia having had a tough match against the Kookaburras the previous week and will be hoping that they make a good recovery in a short turn around week.

The Black Sticks Men had a stronger second half where they managed to score two goals and play more consistent hockey. Darren Smith’s men will need to aim for a complete 60-minute performance if they are going to upset the world number 6 side.

The last time these two sides met it was a high scoring match which saw Germany walk away with a 7-4 win despite a Stephen Jenness double.

The Black Sticks are without FIH Pro League leading goal scorer Hugo Inglis and will be looking to some of the newer members of the strike line to step up and fill the void that Inglis has left.

Look out for Sam Lane who will be playing a second match in front of his home crowd. Lane has some electrifying skills and can put a rocket of a shot past any goalkeeper. Sam looked to be energised by the crowd the previous week and will be aiming to channel that again this Friday.

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith States “We are going to need to play with a bit of zip on the ball and play our style of hockey against Germany this week.”

Germany features one of the most feared strike lines in world hockey. Keep an eye out for Christopher Ruhr who is one of the most determined strikers going around international hockey. Ruhr has scored 38 goals in his 118 matches and will be looking to increase that total on Friday evening.

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Germany Men. Friday 8th February at 7:10pm. Coverage is on TVNZ DUKE

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Side to take on Germany

Name

Position

Caps

George Enerson

Goalkeeper

45

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

61

Shea McAleese

Defender

280

Dane Lett

Defender

45

Blair Tarrant

Defender

196

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

73

Kane Russell

Defender

135

Arun Panchia

Defender

263

Nic Woods

Midfielder

100

Nick Ross

Midfielder

101

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

29

Marcus Child

Midfielder

144

Mac Wilcox

Midfielder/Striker

22

David Brydon

Defender

45

Dominic Newman

Striker

48

George Muir

Striker

116

Sam Lane

Striker

34

Dylan Thomas

Striker

10