13 Aug 2010

Ryan Archibald not going to Commonwealth Games

8:13 am on 13 August 2010

The former captain Ryan Archibald is one of several veteran players missing from the New Zealand men's and women's hockey teams for the Commonwealth Games.

Archibald isn't available for personal reasons and nor is Blair Hopping but Hockey New Zealand's chief executive Hilary Poole says they're not retiring and hope to try to make the team for the London Olympics.

Goalkeeper Stephen Graham also misses out, as do the women's back up goalie Bianca Russell and striker Piki Hamahona, both of whom are going to the World Cup in Argentina next week.

Only 16 players can be taken to the games, compared with 18 at international hockey federation tournaments.

Given the hot, humid conditions in Delhi the men's and women's coaches Shane McLeod and Mark Hager say it's better to have an extra field player.