Hockey New Zealand names Women’s team for FIH Junior World Cup

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Maddison Dowe during their 2015 South Island Tour game against Argentina. (Image Credit: Hockey NZ-Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz

The Hockey New Zealand has announced their women’s Under-21 team for the FIH Junior World Cup 2016 scheduled at Santiago, Chile during November 24- December 5, 2016.

The Black Sticks women’s team will be led by 20-year-old Auckland defender Maddison Dowe at the prestigious tournament and will also include her New Zealand Development Squad mates Stephanie Dickins, Tessa Jopp and Phoebe Steele.

The Skipper has played four tests for Black Sticks, and under her leadership New Zealand are looking forward to go far into the tournament after initial battles with Belgium, China and Spain in pool stage.

NEW ZEALAND UNDER 21 WOMEN
FIH JUNIOR WORLD CUP 2016 – SANTIAGO, CHILE
 PLAYER NAME  POSITION AGE
 Tarryn DAVEY  Defender 20
 Frances DAVIES  Defender 19
 Stephanie DICKINS  Defender 21
 Maddison DOWE  Defender 20
 Megan HULL  Midfielder 20
 Alia JAQUES  Midfielder 21
 Hattie JONES  Defender 18
 Tessa JOPP  Midfielder 21
 Tyler LENCH  Midfielder 19
 Maddi McLEAN  Defender 20
 Kirsten NATION  Goalkeeper 20
 Kayla REED  Striker 17
 Deanna RITCHIE  Striker 20
 Brooke ROBERTS  Goalkeeper 21
 Amy ROBINSON  Striker 20
 Phoebe STEELE  Striker 20
 Catherine TINNING  Midfielder 20
 Emily WIUM  Striker 17

Speaking about the team, the Head coach Sean Dancer, satisfied with the confidence to put in a strong performance, said, “It’s a brilliant opportunity for these girls to stand up on the world stage. They have had development opportunities around the Black Sticks environment so are well prepared.”

Further speaking about the team objectives at the tournament, he added, “We are targeting a top eight finish which will certainly be a challenge against the best in the world but one we are definitely up for.”

Concluding with the faith on the young shoulders, he stated“There is plenty of spark in this side with the likes of Maddison who has played for the Black Sticks, so we hope to see that experience lift the performance of the entire team.”

While the Women’s version of the FIH Junior World Cup is scheduled at Santiago, Chile, the Men’s Junior World Cup will be played in Lucknow, India during December 8-18, 2016.

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