The New Zealand unit has been struggling in the Men’s FIH Pro League as they reside at the bottom of the table. The Blacksticks will be confronting Spain for their next contest in the hope of bagging a vital win. From the four games that they’ve featured in, New Zealand has managed just the one shoot-out bonus and has endured three defeats in the process.
Spain on the other end is also undergoing a sluggish season since they’ve registered one win from six games. The solitary win was a 4-3 result against Argentina. With a win, a draw and four defeats, the Spanish outfit occupy the seventh spot.
Date- Saturday, February 15
Time- 12:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch
R Joyce should be the goalie for the hosts. S Jenness, Simon Child and G Muir will be in contention of leading the attack. Jared Panchia could be used as another option to fill in the attacking front. S Edwards and N Woods could be accommodating the midfield.
Blair Tarrant (c), Arun Panchia, George Muir, R Joyce, Dane Lett, Nic Woods, Marcus Child, Cory Bennett, Kane Russell, Steve Edwards, Jacob Smith, Nick Ross, Jared Panchia, Sam Lane, Shea McAleese, Leon Hayward, Stephen Jenness, Simon Child.
Main man, Pau Quemada will surely start uptop for his side. A Iglesias can be used to partner alongside Quemada. David Alegre should be made available in the midfield, while, J Romeu and the skipper, Miguel Delas will be likely to fit in at the defensive backline.
Miguel Delas (c), Joan Tarres, Xavi Lleonart, Ricardo Sanchez, Marc Recasens, Quico Cortes, Llorenc Piera, Marc Miralles, Mario Garin, Josep Cunill, Josep Romeu, Marc Bolto, Alejandro de Frutos, Marc Salles, Alvaro Iglesias, Roc Oliva, David Alegre, Pau Quemada.
Stephen Jenness has bagged 72 goals from 173 games for New Zealand.
Pau Quemada has been a central figure for Spain and has scored 91 goals from 132 games for his side.
Alvaro Iglesias has scored 33 goals from 129 matches for the Spaniards.
Kane Russell has netted 66 goals from 147 matches for New Zealand.
GK: R Joyce
DEF: Blair Tarrant, Miguel Delas, J Romeu, R Sanchez
MID: N Woods, M Miralles, David Alegre
FWD: S Jenness, G Muir, P Quemada
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