NZ-W vs ARG-W Match Preview: New Zealand will be taking on Argentina for Round two in the Women’s FIH Pro League after a cracker of a game in the first match. The two sides were involved in a 1-1 stalemate after the end of four quarters. When the game went to the shootouts, it was the Argentina women who emerged as the winners by 3-1. New Zealand women will be eyeing redemption as both quality sides go toe to toe at Christchurch.
Date- Sunday, March 1
Time- 10:00 AM (IST)
Venue- Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch
Olivia Merry, O Shanon and Ralph Hope will be in contention of starting in as the forwards for the host nation. G Flynn could also be used as an additional option from the bench. Stacey Michelsen is likely to continue in midfield, while R Keddell, B Neal and F Davies could form the defence.
Stacey Michelsen (c), F Davies, Brooke Roberts, Gemma McCaw, Olivia Shannon, Kayla Whitelock, Ralph Hope, Georgia Barnett, Holly Pearson, Rose Keddel, Katie Doar, Tayla White, Julia King, Tarryn Davey, Brooke Neal, Megan Hull, Samantha Charlton, Olivia Merry.
Argentina are unlikely to tinker much with the starting lineup. C Rebecchi, A Albertarrio and D Merino should be starting as the forwards. A Gorzelany and N Barrionuevo could be fitting in at defence.
Rosario Luchetti (c), A Alonso, Victoria Sauze, Julieta Jankunas, Micaela Retegui, Julieta Jankunas, Noel Barrionuevo, Noel Barrionuevo, Carla Rebecchi, Rocio Sanchez, C Cosentino, Belen Succi, Delfina Thome, Valentina Costa, Delfina Merino, Maria Granatto, Silvina d’Elia, A Albertarrio.
Argentina Women fantasy picks:
Agustina Gorzelany: 15 goals from 50 matches.
Priscila Jardel: 18 goals from 77 matches.
Delfina Merino: 78 goals from 178 matches.
Carla Rebecchi: 99 goals from 145 matches.
New Zealand Women fantasy picks:
Merry Olivia: 103 goals from 222 matches.
Gemma McCaw: 47 goals from 128 matches.
Brooke Neal: 13 goals from 171 matches.
Olivia Shanon: 3 goals from 7 matches in this competition.
GK: C Cosentino
DEF: R Keddell, B Neal, A Gorzelany, N Barrinuevo
MID: S Michelsen, R Luchetti, R Sanchez
FWD: O Shannon, O Merry, A Albertar
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