NZ-W vs BEL-W Dream11 Match Prediction: The Belgium women will be returning to action in the Women’s FIH Pro League, as they square off against New Zealand at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium in Auckland. Belgium will be playing their third game of the season. The first two games for Belgium were against Australia in which the Reds had to endure defeat followed by a win in the penalty shootouts in the next game. Meanwhile, this will be New Zealand’s very first game of the tournament.
Date- Sunday, February 1
Time- 7:30 AM (IST)
Venue- North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Auckland
Stacey Michelsen will be captaining the 18-member squad. Brooke Roberts or Georgia Barnett will the goalkeeping options. Olivia Merry and Ralph Hope will be in contention to lead the attack. Stacey Michelsen and Kaula Whitelock are the two veterans in the New Zealand unit.
Stacey Michelsen (c), Tayla White, Julia King, Ralph Hope, Georgia Barnett, Holly Pearson, Rose Keddel, Katie Doar, Megan Hull, Samantha Charlton, Brooke Roberts, Brooke Neal, Gemma McCaw, Kayla Whitelock, F Davies, Olivia Merry, Olivia Shannon, Tarryn Davey.
Louise Versavel bagged a goal in the second game against Australia and should retain her spot upfront. Charlotte Englebert is likely to accompany Versavel in the forward line. Aisling D’Hooghe should be the shot-stopper for Belgium, while Barbara Nelen will accommodate the midfield region.
B Nelen (c), A Ballenghien, J Vandermeiren, E Puvrez, A Raye, A D’Hooghe, Elena Sotgiu, L Versavel, J Peeters, C Englebert, A-Sophie Weyns, L Breyne, T Duquesne, A Serstevens, B Nelen, S Limauge, P Leclef, L Hillewaert, J Rasir.
Merry Olivia will be vital upfront and has netted 97 goals from 215 games for New Zealand.
Louise Versaval has 32 goals from 144 games for Belgium and is an essential member of the squad,
Gemma McCaw has bagged 46 goals from 121 games for New Zealand.
Barbara Nelen has scored 15 goals from 135 games for Belgium.
GK: A D’Hooghe
DEF: S Dickins, J Vandermeiren, E Purvez
MID: S Michelsen, K Whitelock, A Jaques, B Nelen
FWD: O Merry (C), L Versavel (VC), C Englebert
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