Black Sticks to play Olympic qualifiers after Australia losses

Radio Sport,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:02PM
The Black Sticks during the Commonwealth Games last year. (Photo / Getty)

In October, the Vantage Black Sticks men's team will take on Japan in a series of matches. Grant says the New Zealand team, currently ranked at number nine, will play the 15th ranked Japanese team in a series of games in October.

In November, even more international level hockey will be played in Stratford, in a very important series, says councillor Grant Boyde.

"The Vantage Men's Black Sticks are fighting for their place in next year's Olympics, and their qualifying matches take place right here in Stratford."

The ninth-ranked Black Sticks have drawn the 16th ranked Koreans in a two match home series after the New Zealand Men's team missed its first opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics when they lost the Oceania Cup in Queensland.

The women's Black Sticks have already earned their place in Tokyo by winning their Oceania Cup matches.

The Olympic qualifier will give people the chance to see the very best of hockey being played, says Grant.

"The Black Sticks Men are going to be fighting to get their place in Tokyo, so the crowd will see great hockey being played without a doubt."