The Vantage Black Sticks Men are set to play Canada in the BDO Hockey Series this week.
The series will kick off on Wednesday, October 17 at Warkworth Showgrounds Reserve at 7:00pm for the first of four test matches.
Warkworth will get a second test the following day (Oct. 18), also with a 7:00 pm start time.
The remaining two games will be played at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga over Labour Weekend on October 20 and 21, both beginning at 2:30 pm.
Since touching down in New Zealand, the Canada men have had friendly matches against three of our regional teams, including North Harbour, Auckland, and Midlands.
The Vantage Black Sticks men are currently ranked ninth on the FIH World Rankings, while the Canadians sit at No. 11.
The men in Black are relatively familiar with this team having played a total of 55 matches in the history of New Zealand Hockey.
The first time these two teams met was back at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where New Zealand came away with a 7-0 win.
Since then the Black Sticks have only lost twice to Canada, holding an all-time record of 41-12-2 against the North American side.
The last time these two teams met was earlier in the year in the Black Sticks first game of their Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign.
The Vantage Black Sticks came away with a 6-2 win and eventually earned the Commonwealth Games Silver medal.
The men will be using these games as warm-ups before they head off to the 2018 Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup.
The following New Zealand men will feature in this weeks matches for the Vantage Black Sticks:
- George Enerson
- Richard Joyce
- Devon Manchester
- Shea McAleese
- Dane Lett
- Cory Bennett
- Brad Read
- David Brydon
- Arun Panchia (Captain)
- Malachi Buschl
- Aidan Sarikaya
- Harry Miskimmin
- Hayden Phillips
- Mac Wilcox
- George Muir
- Dom Newman
- Sam Lane
- Jared Panchia
- Dylan Thomas