Hockey NZ is pleased to announce the following players have been selected in interim squads for training through to the end of the year. An interim national men’s training squad comprising 23 players has been named while a further 28 players have been named to train in three regional extended squads based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Of major interest in the interim national men’s squad is the inclusion of North Harbour youngsters Shay Neal and David Green – both new to the national squad. Joel Baker of Wellington and Nick Haig of Canterbury have also forced their way back into the squad with strong performances in the recent NHL.
The interim National Men’s squad is:
Ben Collier, Bryce Collins, Steve Edwards, David Green, David Kosoof, Shay Neal, Ryan Archibald, Simon Child, Dean Couzins, James Nation, Stephen Graham, Casey Henwood, Richard Petherick, Lloyd Stephenson, Shae McAleese, Nick Wilson, Joel Baker, Phil Burrows, Kyle Pontifex, Andy Hayward, Nick Haig, Brad Shaw, Hayden Shaw.
The 28 players named in the extended regional training squads are:
Auckland based training group: Joseph Bartholomew,Simon Brill, Nick Capizzi, Marcus Child, Cain Fleming, Devon Manchester, Shaun Matthews, Arun Panchia, Ricky Clarke.
Wellington based training group: Grant Down, Blair Hilton, Jason Hilton, Stephen Jennes, Matt L’Hullier, Alexander Schroder, Alexander Shaw.
Christchurch based training group: Richard Bain, George Connel, George Enerson, Mitchell Hayde, Jason Niles, Jonathon Pooch, Isaac Staples, Hugo Inglis, Nick Ross, Blair Tarrant.
Plus two overseas based players in extended training squads: Priyesh Bhana, Hamish Baron.
Hockey NZ will confirm the 2009 Black Sticks squad at the completion of its current High Performance Review and once talks with SPARC are complete – likely to be in mid December 2008.
Source: Hockey New Zealand