Preview – NSW Pride v Brisbane Blaze

Things are starting to heat up as teams try to cement their place or stay in contention for an all important top four finals spot as the Sultana Bran Hockey One League enters Round 5.

The round is headlined by the highly anticipated Men’s encounter between NSW Pride and Brisbane Blaze on Friday night in what is a repeat of the inaugural Hockey One League Men’s Grand Final.

NSW Pride capped off a remarkable and dominant season by winning the 2019 decider and have won three on the bounce so far in this campaign.

However, the Blaze, who have been bolstered by the inclusion of Kookaburras midfielder Daniel Beale for his first game of the season, will fancy their chances.

The Women’s match is just as intriguing. A NSW Pride win would almost guarantee a top four spot and leave the Blaze in a precarious position outside the four, especially if Canberra Chill and Perth Thundersticks (currently in third and fourth respectively) both win.

Despite falling to HC Melbourne at home last Saturday night, the Blaze Women go into the match with NSW Pride unchanged and confident their best is good enough to beat anyone.

Tickets are available through Ticketek or available at the gate on the night.

NSW Pride v Brisbane Blaze
Friday 28 October 2022
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, NSW
Match Start: Women’s 6:30pm local (6:30pm AEDT), Men’s 8:00pm local (8:00pm AEDT)
Broadcast: LIVE and exclusive on Kayo #NSWvBBZ #HockeyOne
Umpires: Michelle Farnill & Kerryl Brown (Women’s), Zeke Newman & Aaron Gotting (Men’s)

NSW Pride Women’s team: 3.Hannah Kable, 4.Kendalle Tait, 6.Estelle Hughes, 7.Grace Stewart, 8.Alana Kavanagh, 9.Zoe Newman (gk), 10.Greta Hayes, 11.Emma Scriven, 13.Tamsin Bunt, 18.Julia Bradley, 19.Morgan Blamey, 20.Maddi Smith (c), 23.Abigail Wilson, 24.Mariah Williams, 32.Grace Young
In: 6.Estelle Hughes, 11.Emma Scriven
Out: 2.Sarah Johnston, 30.Makayla Jones

Brisbane Blaze Women’s team: 1.Savannah Fitzpatrick, 2.Ambrosia Malone, 3.Casey Dolkens, 4.Ashlea Fey, 5.Morgan Gallagher (c), 7.Hannah Cullum-Sanders, 12.Tatum Stewart, 13.Rebecca Greiner, 14.Meg Pearce, 19.Morgan Mathison, 22.Britt Wilkinson, 24.Claire Colwill, 25.Kyra Livermore, 30.Georgina West, 88.Jordan Bliss (gk)
In: Nil
Out: Nil

NSW Pride Men’s team: 5.Ash Thomas (gk), 7.Daine Richards, 8.Nathaniel Stewart, 14.Dylan Martin, 15.Miles Davis, 19.Tom Brown, 20.Ky Willott, 22.Flynn Ogilvie, 23.Ryan Proctor, 25.Jack Hayes (c), 26.Ehren Hazell, 28.Sam Gray, 32.Callum Mackay, 33.Sam Mudford, 35.Rory Walker
In: 8.Nathaniel Stewart
Out: 18.Charlie Dorman

Brisbane Blaze Men’s team: 2.Shane Kenny, 3.Corey Weyer, 5.Lucas Brown, 7.Joel Rintala, 8.Adam Imer, 9.Jacob Anderson, 11.Michael Francis, 12.Jake Whetton (c), 13.Ethan White, 15.Cale Cramer, 16.Tim Howard, 17.Scott Boyde, 23.Daniel Beale, 27.Jared Taylor, 32.Mitchell Nicholson (gk)
In: 13.Ethan White, 23.Daniel Beale
Out: 6.Josh Mynott, 19.Tyler Arundell