Homepage >
Events & Results
Player Profiles
Event Management
Photo Gallery
WorldHockey TV
Pitches & Equipment
Contact Us
Schoolboy named in NZ team for Azlan Shah tournament
23 Apr 2008 08:02

The Black Sticks Men’s team to play at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia in early May has been named and includes 17 year old school boy, Nick Wilson. Wilson, originally from Palmerston North Boys High, has moved to North Harbour as part of the Black Sticks centralization program and a strong showing at the Azlan Shah tournament will force Coach Shane McLeod into making some tough calls when time comes to name his team of 16 for Beijing.

Wilson gets his chance at the expense of 200 test veteran Bevan Hari, however Hari still remains well in contention for Beijing. Bryce Collins, who tore his ACL against Australia in November 2007 has not been considered for selection, however is expected to return to club hockey at the end of April. Lloyd Stephenson and Richard Petherick are the other squad members to miss selection for this tournament, however all of the above players will be considered for selection in the team to tour Europe in June.

The Black Sticks will play three other Beijing bound teams at the Azlan Shah tournament – Pakistan, Belgium and Canada. India who recently missed qualification for Beijing and Malaysia make up the six teams. New Zealand, ranked 10th in the world is the 3rd highest ranked team competing in the tournament behind Pakistan (6th) and India (9th).

Although Coach Shane McLeod is keen to win this tournament, he also points out that the team will be subjected to an overload of training sessions prior to and during the tournament, so the team can be exposed to high pressure hockey in humid conditions while fatigued - a theory that will ideally pay dividends in the heat and humidity of Beijing.

The Azlan Shah tournament runs from May 8th to 18th in Ipoh, Malaysia. The Black Sticks team will travel to Malaysia on Saturday May 3rd.

The six competing teams and their world rankings are: Pakistan (6th), New Zealand (10th), Belgium (12th), Canada (15th), India (9th) and Malaysia (14th).

Team New Zealand:

David Kosoof, Andrew Hayward, Simon Child, Blair Hopping, Dean Couzins, Casey Henwood, Ryan Archibald, Bradley Shaw, Paul Woolford, Kyle Pontifex, Phillip Burrows, Hayden Shaw, James Nation, Gareth Brooks, Shea McAleese, Ben Collier, Steve Edwards, Nick Wilson.

Source: Hockey New Zealand

Other News
Korean Player suspended at Olympic Qualifier in Victoria
Day 3 – Korea and Ireland on a roll with their third wins
Day 2 – Second wins for Korea, Italy and Ireland
USA take top honors and book ticket to Beijing
Australia defeat Korea in Perth 4 Nations championship match
Korea, Italy and Ireland open with wins in Canada
USA and Belgium meet in Qualifier final
USA practically in qualifier final, Belgium back in the chase
Athletes passionately express their feelings on Beijing 2008
Last minute goal costs Australia direct access to championship match
Ireland well prepared for WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier
Second half dominance secures win for Australia
4th World Youth Hockey Promoters Festival in Victoria
Schoolboy named in NZ team for Azlan Shah tournament
USA & Antilles win again
Video Showcase
Olympic Qualification
| Olympic Qualification quotas
| Teams Qualified
| Memo to National Associations
| Olympic Qualifiers tournaments
| Allocation of teams to Qualifying Tournaments
Events 2008
| Full Calendar
| Appointments 2008

World Youth Hockey
Promotors Fesitval

© 2008 International Hockey Federation. All Rights Reserved. powered by sportcentric