New Zealand will be taking on the USA for a fixture in the FIH Women’s Pro League. The United States is yet to register a win in the campaign after featuring in three games so far. As a result of their poor run, the USA women reside at the bottom of the points table. The New Zealand women have also struggled to an extent, as they’ve just managed to win one game from the four and are 6th on the points table.
Date- Saturday, February 15
Time– 5:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch
Olivia Shannon and O Merry will be in contention of starting as the forwards. G Flynn is another option that can be used at the forward line. The captain S Michelsen and K Whitelock should be occupying the midfield for the hosts. Georgia Barnett could feature as the shot-stopper.
Stacey Michelsen (c), Rose Keddel, Katie Doar, Olivia Shannon, Tarryn Davey, Tayla White, Julia King, Holly Pearson, Megan Hull, Ralph Hope, Samantha Charlton, Gemma McCaw, Brooke Roberts, Brooke Neal, Kayla Whitelock, Georgia Barnett, F Davies, Olivia Merry.
K Robles is likely to be the goalie for the United States. A Campbell and C Umstead should feature in the defensive backline. Ashley Hoffman, Taylor West, Ali Campbell and Alyssa Parker are among the certainties in the side.
Ashley Hoffman (c), Lauren Moyer, Jessica Jecko, Kelee Lepage, Kealsie Robles, Mary Barham, Taylor West, Virginia Bramley, Madison Maguire, Linnea Gonzales, Anna Dessoye, Laura Hurff, Casey Umstead, Caoline Hanks, Alyssa Parker, Danielle Grega, Amanda Magadan, Ali Campbell.
Merry Olivia has bagged 101 goals from 219 games for New Zealand.
Lily Owsley has netted 32 goals from 145 matches for the United States.
Grand League Tips
Gemma McCaw has scored 47 goals from 125 games for New Zealand.
S Townsend has featured in 157 matches for the USA and has 11 goals in the process.
From the last 19 games, it’s New Zealand women who has had the upper hand wit 10 wins in comparison to the USA’s five wins. Four games have ended on level terms during the process.
GK: K Robles
DEF: F Davies, B Neal, M Hull, C Umstead
MID: S Michelsen, A Hoffman, T West
FWD: O Shanon, O Merry, G Flynn
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