In the first meeting, it was the England women who ran through New Zealand women’s team with a 3-0 scoreline. However, the hosts will now be looking to redeem themselves at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium for Round 2. Tessa Howard, Shona McCallin and C Watson were among those who scored for England.
Date- Sunday, February 9
Time- 12:00 PM (IST)
Venue- North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
O Merry and G Flynn will be contending to lead the line of attack for the White Ferns. Captain, S Michelsen and K Whitelock are among those who should be filling in at midfield. B Neal, S Charlton and M Hull are certainties in defence.
Stacey Michelsen (c), Olivia Merry, Holly Pearson, Rose Keddel, Katie Doar, Olivia Shannon, Tarryn Davey, Megan Hull, Samantha Charlton, Georgia Barnett, F Davies, Tayla White, Julia King, Ralph Hope, Brooke Roberts, Brooke Neal, Gemma McCaw, Kayla Whitelock.
C Watson and L Owsley will once again be in charge of the attack for England. S McCallin who scored a goal in the last meeting should be available in midfield. A Toman and G Balsdon are likely to start in the backline.
Hollie Webb-Pearne (c), Charlotte Watson, Leah Wilkinson, Sarah Robertson, Elizabeth Neal, Tessa Howard, Isabelle Petter, Maddie Hinch, Esme Burge, Laura Unsworth, Sabbie Hesh, Grace Balsdon, Shona McCallin, Lily Owsley, Sarah Jones, Anna Toman, Hannah Martin, Susannah Townsend
Lily Owsley has 32 goals from 144 games for England.
Merry Olivia has bagged 97 goals from 216 matches for New Zealand.
Charlotte Watson has 11 goals from 75 games for England.
Gemma McCaw has bagged 46 goals from 122 games for New Zealand.
From the last eight meetings between the two sides, four games each have been won by New Zealand and England.