(ISN) – Vancouver, BC – Field Hockey Canada and the Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Program have selected 21 athletes to travel to New Zealand in January for a tour, which will include a training camp and test matches.
The touring Women’s National Team consists of two goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. The roster comprises of members from the 2015 Women’s National Team and Senior Development Squad, which were both named earlier in December.
Five athletes – Alex Thicke (North Vancouver, BC), Beckett Frisch (Calgary, AB), Katarina Angus (West Vancouver, BC), Rosie Beale (Victoria, BC), and Steph Snyder (Waterloo, ON) – will likely make their first international appearances for Canada in the test matches versus New Zealand.
The trip to New Zealand will be the Women’s National Team’s first major activity of 2015 and will serve as key preparation for World League 2, which takes place in March and is step towards 2016 Olympic qualification.
The New Zealand training camp will take place from January 19-30th. The camp will be followed by three friendly matches, and three official test matches against the New Zealand National Team, which is ranked fourth in the world.
Canadian Women’s National Team New Zealand Touring Roster
Abigail Raye Defender Kelowna, BC
Alex Thicke Midfield North Vancouver, BC
Amanda Woodcroft Midfield Waterloo, ON
Beckett Frisch Goalkeeper Calgary, AB
Brienne Stairs Forward Kitchener, ON
Danielle Hennig (Vice-Captain) Defender Kelowna, BC
Hannah Haughn Forward North Vancouver, BC
Holly Stewart Forward North Vancouver, BC
Kaitlyn Williams Goalkeeper White Rock, BC
Karli Johansen Defender North Vancouver, BC
Katarina Angus Defender West Vancouver, BC
Kate Gillis (Captain) Midfield Kingston, ON
Kathleen Leahy Defender Victoria, BC
Kristine Wishart Midfield Hamilton, ON
Maddie Secco Midfield Victoria, BC
Natalie Sourisseau Midfield Kelowna, BC
Rosie Beale Defender Victoria, BC
Sara McManus Defender Tsawwassen, BC
Steph Snyder Midfield Waterloo, ON
Stephanie Norlander Forward North Vancouver, BC
Thea Culley (Vice-Captain) Forward Rossland, BC
New Zealand Tour Schedule
January 19-30 – Training Camp
January 31 – Match 1 vs. NZL “A”
February 1 – Match 2 vs. NZL “A”
February 3 – Friendly vs. NZL
February 5 – Test Match 1 vs. NZL
February 7 – Test Match 1 vs. NZL
February 8 – Test Match 1 vs. NZL