Shea McAleese
Inframe : Shea McAleese / Photo Credits : Getty Images

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith has named an experienced side for the opening match of the FIH Pro League against the World Number 3 ranked team from the Netherlands.

The team will be led by Captain Blair Tarrant who is going to be looking to get his team playing some attacking hockey as they look to start this ground-breaking league off on a positive foot.

The Netherlands have sent over a relatively unchanged side from the team that recently finished an agonising second place at the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup.

The Dutch team are relentless on attack and will be looking to maximise their opportunities in the match.

Shutting down Jeroen Hertzberger who has scored 57 times for the Netherlands will be essential as they look to nullify the Dutch attack.

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith States “We are looking forward to challenging them from a tactical perspective and getting stuck into them on our home pitch. They are a quality side who nearly won the World Cup so we know it will be a massive challenge”.

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Netherlands Men. Sunday 27th Jan at 4:30pm. Coverage is on TVNZ 2

Vantage Black Sticks Men’s team :

Name

Position

Caps

George Enerson

Goalkeeper

43

Dom Dixon

Goalkeeper

2

Shea McAleese

Defender

277

Dane Lett

Defender

42

Blair Tarrant

Defender

193

David Brydon

Defender

42

Kane Russell

Defender

133

Arun Panchia

Defender

260

Nic Woods

Midfielder

97

Nick Ross

Midfielder

98

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

27

Marcus Child

Midfielder

141

Mac Wilcox

Midfielder/Striker

19

Hugo Inglis

Striker

216

George Muir

Striker

114

Jared Panchia

Striker

105

Stephen Jenness

Striker

222

Dylan Thomas

Striker

7

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