Sam Charlton
Inframe : Sam Charlton / Photo Credits : Getty Images

Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Coach Sean Dancer has made only one change to the side that took on the Netherlands in the opening match of the FIH Pro League. This is an experienced side that showed some great resolve on both ends of the turf in the 1-0 loss to the Netherlands.

Lulu Tuilotolava comes back into the side for Shiloh Gloyn. Lulu was a member of the 2018 World Cup team and she will bring some great speed to a strike line which put the Netherlands side under a lot of pressure in the opening game.

Sean Dancer commented “Belgium are a growing team and we need to again bring all our intensity and effort to the game. We can’t afford to be casual with any of our preparation, and I am expecting the group to be extremely focused on gaining a successful result for Friday’s game”

The last time that these two sides met was at the 2018 Hockey World Cup where the Vantage Black Sticks came away from the match victorious 4-2 with Olivia Merry bagging a brace of goals. The Vantage Black Sticks will be looking for that same production from Merry as well as the other strikers as they look to put the improving Belgium Women on the back foot from the start of the game.

The Belgium Women are no slouches having risen to 13th in the world but are a team that has shown great improvement much like their male counterparts and are looking poised to make a leap into the top echelon of women’s hockey teams.

Look out for vastly experienced striker Jill Boon who has been one of the central players in the Belgium Women’s improvements over the past few seasons. Jill has played 118 times for Belgium and has so far amassed 28 goals and will be looking to improve on that total against the 6th ranked Black Sticks.

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Belgium Women. Friday 1st February at 5:10pm. Coverage is on TVNZ 2 

Vantage Black Sticks Women’s Squad

Name

Position

Caps

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

171

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

39

Sam Charlton

Defender

227

Tarryn Davey

Defender

38

Frances Davies

Defender

54

Louisa Tuilotolava

Midfielder

12

Ella Gunson

Defender

197

Megan Hull

Defender

5

Tessa Jopp

Midfielder

18

Rose Keddell

Defender

184

Olivia Merry

Striker

206

Stacey Michelsen

Defender

262

Brooke Neal

Defender

155

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

104

Olivia Shannon

Striker

1

Kelsey Smith

Striker

87

Liz Thompson

Defender

174

Amy Robinson

Striker

57

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