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Michelsen returns for New Zealand Black Sticks

World young player of the year for 2011, Stacey Michelsen, is set to return to the New Zealand hockey side after almost a year out with a serious knee injury.

The speedy 23-year-old defender has been included in the squad announce by coach Mark Hager for the Hawke’s Bay Festival and the warm-up games against China in Taupo this week.

The Hawke’s Bay Festival will see the Black Sticks Women take on Australia, Argentina, China, Korea and Japan from April 5-13​ in Napier.

“The two tests played this weekend against Korea have in some ways raised more questions than answers for us.  We are far from settled on a team for the World Cup and want players to continue to work hard and prove they have what it takes.

“The festival is a fantastic opportunity for us to see exactly where we are at and what needs to be worked on ahead of the World Cup,” said Hager.

Senior players Krystal Forgesson, Michelsen and Kayla Whitelock  – who together have a total of 528 international tests – return to the side while Katie Glynn is still recovering from injury.  It is the first international test  Michelsen has played since injuring her knee in April at the Four Nations held in New Zealand.

A 19th player has been named due to Anita Punt leaving the field with a knee injury in yesterday’s game.  It is expected that Punt will sit out of the two tests in Taupo but be available during the Hawke’s Bay Festival.

Both Black Sticks games against China this week and ALL Black Sticks games during the Hawke’s Bay Festival will be LIVE STREAMED on www.hockeynz.co.nz

Black Sticks Women – China tests and Hawke’s Bay Festival

Shirt #

Player Name

NHL Team

Position

Age

Caps

1

Kayla WHITELOCK

Central

Midfielder

28

205

2

Emily NAYLOR

Central

Midfielder / Defender

28

230

3

Krystal FORGESSON

Auckland

Striker / Midfielder

31

196

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

22

32

6

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

Striker / Midfielder

26

52

7

Aniwaka ROBERTS

Capital

Midfielder

24

24

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

Goal Keeper

32

54

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Defender / Midfielder

22

78

14

Michaela CURTIS

Central

Striker

20

11

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

19

17

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker / Midfielder

19

19

19

Rhiannon DENNISON

North Harbour

Defender

20

31

22

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

Midfielder / Striker

23

159

    24

Rose KEDDELL

Midland

Defender / Midfielder

     20

    35

    25

Sian FREMAUX

Canterbury

Midfielder / Striker

     21

    26

27

Jordan GRANT

Canterbury

Defender / Striker

22

5

30

Bianca RUSSELL

North Harbour

Goal Keeper

35

65

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder / Defender

23

127

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

     26

     146

 

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