New Zealand Open Men’s Side Announced for 2019 Trans-Tasman International Series

Ahmad Khawaja

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The New Zealand Open Men’s side to play Australia in the five-match Trans-Tasman International series this September was announced at the Senior Provincial Championships presentation dinner in Palmerston North this past weekend. The tournament serves as a precursor for the selection of New Zealand teams.

The team announced was as follows:

Victor Davies (Captain)Auckland 
Michael DodunskiNorthern Districts 
Corey PerrettSouthern Districts 
Carl Hooper (Debut)Canterbury 
Bryce FellowsWellington 
Stacy HyndmanAuckland 
Mitchell GardnerCanterbury 
Dion Joll (Debut)Northern Districts 
Kieran ButlerWellington 
Braden GardnerAuckland 
Ben SaundersWellington 
Coach: Leigh KellyWellington 
Assistant Coach: Jon RouthanSouthern Districts 
Manager: Tony WatkinsSouthern Districts 

The Open Men’s team last faced off against Australia in a bilateral series at Port Macquarie, New South Wales in 2016. They finished runners-up to the Australians at the 2017 World Cup in the UAE. This series will mark the first time the teams have met since then. 

Seven members from the team that won the New Zealand-Asia Cup in Singapore this past April have been retained. This includes skipper Victor Davies, Michael Dodunski, Corey Perrett, Bryce Fellows, Mitchell Gardner, Braden Gardner and Ben Saunders.

There were recalls for Stacy Hyndman, who last played at the 2014 World Cup in New Zealand, and Kieran Butler, who last featured at the 2017 World Cup in the UAE.

Carl Hooper and Dion Joll will both make their Open Men’s debuts in this series, having previously played at Under-22 level.

The series takes place at the Palmerston North Indoor Sports Arena in Palmerston North from 12-14 September. The team will assemble in camp from 8 September to prepare for the series.



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