Rio Olympics: Who is our women's hockey team?

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager. Photo / Getty
Black Sticks coach Mark Hager. Photo / Getty

SAMANTHA CHARLTON
Age: 24
Hometown:
Position: Defender
Olympics: 2012
Fact: Charlton is nicknamed `Eddie', after the legendary Australian snooker player.

SOPHIE COCKS
Age: 21
Hometown: Christchurch
Position: Striker
Olympics: No
Fact: Despite her young age, Cocks has accumulated more than 100 tests for her country

GEMMA FLYNN
Age: 25
Hometown: Tauranga
Position: Midfield/Striker
Olympics: 2008, 2012
Fact: One of the best players in the world, but probably equally famous for being engaged to Richie McCaw

CHARLOTTE HARRISON
Age: 26
Hometown: Whangarei
Position: Striker
Olympics: 2012
Fact: Made her debut as a 16-year-old in 2005

PIPPA HAYWARD
Age: 25
Hometown: Christchurch
Position: Midfield
Olympics: No
Fact: Brought up a century of caps earlier this year

ROSE KEDDELL
Age: 22
Hometown: Tauranga
Position: Midfield
Olympics: No
Fact: Keddell is currently studying communications at Massey University

ANITA McLAREN
Age: 28
Hometown: Wellington
Position: Striker/Midfield
Olympics: 2012
Fact: McLaren is one of the fastest hockey players in the world, McLaren has also competed at national athletics championships .

OLIVIA MERRY
Age: 24
Hometown: Christchurch
Position: Striker
Olympics: No
Fact: Profilic scorer with one of the hardest shots in the team

STACEY MICHELSEN
Age: 25
Hometown: Whangarei
Position: Midfielder/Striker
Olympics: 2012
Fact: Named the World Junior Player of the year in 2012

BROOKE NEAL
Age: 23
Hometown: Whangarei
Position: Defender
Olympics: No
Fact: Neal's brother Shay plays for the Black Sticks men

KIRSTEN PEARCE
Age: 25
Hometown: Auckland
Position: Striker
Olympics: No
Fact: Pearce spent most of her formative years in New South Wales

SALLY RUTHERFORD
Age: 35
Hometown:
Position: Goalkeeper
Olympics: No
Fact: Rutherford has also represented New Zealand in Lacrosse

KELSEY SMITH
Age: 21
Hometown: Nelson
Position: Striker
Olympics: No
Fact: Smith has played just 20 matches for Mark Hagar's team

LIZ THOMPSON
Age: 21
Hometown: Auckland
Position: Defender
Olympics: No
Fact: Thompson took up the sport as an 8-year-old.

PETREA WEBSTER
Age: 26
Hometown: North Shore
Position: Striker
Olympics: No
Fact: Webster is also a teacher at Auckland's Carmel College

KAYLA WHITELOCK
Age: 30
Hometown: New Plymouth
Position: Midfielder
Olympics: 2004, 2008 & 2012
Fact: Whitelock has amassed 243 appearances for the Black Sticks

EMILY GADDUM
Age: 30
Hometown: Palmerston North
Position: Defender
Olympics: 2004, 2008, 2012
Fact: Gaddum made her debut in 2004

- NZ Herald

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