A trio of secondary school hockey players has been selected in the New Zealand U21 Women’s hockey team for the Junior World Cup in Chile from 24 November - 5 December.
Congratulations to Emily Wium (St Margaret’s College, Christchurch) and North Harbour pair, Kayla Reed (Rangitoto College) and Hattie Jones (Kristin School) for their selections.
The team is led by 20-year-old Auckland defender Maddison Dowe, who has played four tests for the Black Sticks.
Along with Dowe, a further three players are members of the New Zealand Development Squad including Stephanie Dickins, Tessa Jopp and Phoebe Steele.
New Zealand is looking to push deep into the tournament after battling Belgium, China and Spain in pool play.
Head coach Sean Dancer said it’s a youthful group full of confidence to put in a strong performance.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
NEW ZEALAND UNDER 21 WOMEN
JUNIOR WORLD CUP – SANTIAGO, CHILE
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