Sam Harrison dropped from Black Sticks squad

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 11:39 22/11/2012
Samantha Harrison
LAWRENCE SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ
TOUGH TO TAKE: Sam Harrison has been dropped from the Black Sticks squad based on her form at the London Olympics.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Kiwi cyclists Bradly Knipe and Ellesse Andrews medal at junior world champs Mixed bag for Team New Zealand on practice day in Portsmouth Usain Bolt returns as Kendra Harrison breaks 28-year old 100m hurdles world record White Sox suffer first loss at world softball championships Tour de France 2016: Bloodied Chris Froome survives as Bardet wins stage Joseph Parker's next opponent could be giant Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko 'Mad' Mike Whiddett blind drifts a car, using only live video images as a guide Solomon Haumono vows to continue fighting Parker's knockout blow Anita McLaren says Black Sticks are departing for Olympics in confident mood New Zealand's Golden Olympic moments: Mark Todd in Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988

Olympian Sam Harrison has been dropped from the women's Black Sticks.

National women's hockey coach Mark Hager, who has transformed the team in the last four year's taking them from 11th to third in the world rankings, feels Harrison had a poor Olympic Games and is in need of a rest.

Harrison has accepted a role in the national development squad in an attempt to fight her way back into the senior fray.

The news emerged as Hager announced eight new faces in his 25-player squad for 2013.

After finishing fourth at London 2012, a new-look Black Sticks squad is preparing for a six-test series against India next month.

Eleven of the 16 players who represented New Zealand at this year's Olympics, including Gemma Flynn, Katie Glynn, Stacey Michelsen and Anita Punt, have all been renamed in the squad.

Kayla Sharland, Krystal Forgesson, Bianca Russell and Emily Naylor are on extended leave until early 2013 - allowing Hager to introduce new blood in eight uncapped players.

"We have been closely following the progress of all these young players. They have been performing well at national tournaments and have matured a lot as athletes," Hager said.

"We believe they are ready to take the step up."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content