2 Nov 2009

Teenager bolts into Black Sticks

6:40 pm on 2 November 2009

Eighteen-year-old Hugo Inglis is a last minute bolter in the New Zealand men's hockey team to contest the World Cup qualifying tournament which starts in Invercargill on Saturday.

The mid-fielder from Otago played for the Junior Black Sticks in the first two of last weekend's matchups before being added to the senior side for the last match.

Coach Shane McLeod's very happy with the form of his players, from the promising juniors through to experienced internationals Blair Hopping, Phil Burrows and captain Ryan Archibald, who're peaking well.

Hayden Shaw is recovering from pneumonia and has been bracketed with fellow Canterbury defender Nick Haig.

The rest of the squad is: Priyesh Bhana, Andrew Hayward, Simon Child, Dean Couzins, Brad Shaw, Stephen Graham, Kyle Pontifex, Arun Panchia. Shea McAleese, Richard Petherick, Ben Collier, Steve Edwards,Nick Wilson.

The Black Sticksare the tourtnament's highest-ranked team at eighth, five above China with Malaysia 16th, Austria, 20th, Scotland 24th and Saturday afternoon's opponent Wales 29th.

The tournament winnerr will take one of the final three positions available for the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi in March.