USA player Rachel Dawson putting a hit on Anita Punt (?) NZ. This kind of body check is a foul. Repeated offenses of this type should result in a yellow card. There is not a lot of skill involved in this type of play. The defender is not going to end up with the ball. The defender is not in a active position where they can recover once the ball goes past them. The USA player should put pressure on the NZ player to force a bad pass.
The Black Sticks Women’s team has been named for their Asia Tour, playing matches against China and Korea from 29 May to 7 June. Coach Mark Hager has named a touring group of 20, electing to take two extra athletes than the usual 18 to provide more opportunity for athletes to push for Olympic selection.