Liz Thompson
Inframe : Liz Thompson / Photo Credits : Getty Images

The Vantage Black Sticks Women are going to look to bounce back from the shock of losing to Belgium in the last minute of play this past Friday. The Black Sticks have created a number of opportunities in the opening matches of the FIH Pro League however their final touches have not happened yet.

Look for an improved focus on the offensive end for the Vantage Black Sticks as they look to spoil Mark Hager’s first game in charge of Great Britain and give the kiwi side their first win of the league.

The Vantage Black Sticks Women have made two changes to the side that took narrowly lost to Belgium which sees young Midlands midfielders Alia Jaques and Shiloh Gloyn come back into the side.

The last time these two sides met was the Semi Final at the Commonwealth Games where the Black Sticks Women came out victorious in a penalty shootout win.

Sean Dancer’s Black Sticks Women have looked incredibly resolute on defence only conceding 2 goals through the first two rounds of the FIH Pro League.

Both goalkeepers used so far in Sally Rutherford and Grace O’Hanlon have looked dynamite in goal and have had a fantastic support from Brooke Neal and Liz Thompson who have been shutting down whatever the oppositions have been throwing at them.

Sean Dancer commented ahead of the match against Great Britain “We are creating a number of opportunities but not getting the result which is going to be an important focus for this game.”

Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Great Britain Women. Friday 8th February at 7:30pm. Coverage is on TVNZ 2 

New Zealand Women’s Squad 

Name

Position

Caps

Sally Rutherford

Goalkeeper

172

Grace O’Hanlon

Goalkeeper

40

Sam Charlton

Defender

228

Tarryn Davey

Defender

39

Frances Davies

Defender

55

Shiloh Gloyn

Midfielder

76

Ella Gunson

Defender

198

Megan Hull

Defender

6

Alia Jaques

Midfielder

4

Rose Keddell

Defender

185

Olivia Merry

Striker

207

Stacey Michelsen

Defender

263

Brooke Neal

Defender

156

Kirsten Pearce

Striker

105

Olivia Shannon

Striker

2

Kelsey Smith

Striker

88

Liz Thompson

Defender

175

Amy Robinson

Striker

58