The last time the two sides confronted one another it was the New Zealand women who registered a 3-1 win against the USA women. The Blacksticks will once again be taking on the USA at the Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium in Christchurch. Olivia Merry, Olivia Shannon and Rose Keddell were the ones who got their names on the scoresheet for New Zealand. For the USA Ali Campbell was the one who scored through a penalty stroke in the dying moments.
Date- Sunday, February 16
Kick-Off- 7:00 AM (IST)
Venue- Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch
Olivia Shannon and O Merry were the two scorers in the previous game and will be contending for a start yet again. Stacey Michelsen and Julia King should be occupying the midfield. B Neal, R Keddell and F Davies and will be among the defence.
Stacey Michelsen (c), Tarryn Davey, Tayla White, Julia King, Holly Pearson, Brooke Roberts, Kayla Whitelock, Georgia Barnett, Brooke Neal, Megan Hull, Ralph Hope, Rose Keddel, Katie Doar, Olivia Shannon, Samantha Charlton, F Davies, Olivia Merry, Gemma McCaw.
K Robles will be the frontline goalkeeper for the USA. Ali Campbell, Alyssa Parker, Casey Umstead and the skipper Ashley Hoffman are the sure-shot starters for the away side.
Ashley Hoffman (c), Kelee Lepage, Kealsie Robles, Laura Hurff, Casey Umstead, Alyssa Parker, Danielle Grega, Mary Barham, Taylor West, Lauren Moyer, Jessica Jecko, Madison Maguire, Linnea Gonzales, Anna Dessoye, Virginia Bramley, Amanda Magadan, Ali Campbell, Caoline Hanks.
Lily Owsley has bagged 32 goals from 146 matches for the USA.
Merry Olivia has bagged 102 goals from 220 matches for New Zealand.
S Townsend has been a part of 148 games for the USA and has scored 11 goals in the process.
Gemma McCaw has netted 47 goals from 126 games for New Zealand.
From the last 20 games between the two sides, New Zealand has won 11, while the USA has won five. Four games have ended on level terms.
GK: K Robles
DEF: A Campbell, M Hull, B Neal, C Umstead, R Keddell
MID: S Michelsen, A Hoffman, T West
FWD: O Shanon, O Merry
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