Canterbury’s own Olivia Merry has been acknowledged for her impressive 2019 season with nomination for the FIH Player of the Year Award, joining her team mate Stacey Michelsen as one of six nominees.
Merry was on fire during the inaugural FIH Pro League, finishing as the leading goal scorer with 15 goals across the 16 matches, a record number of goals in an FIH competition.
The 27 year old has amassed 224 matches since her debut in 2012, with 97 goals to her name, second only to Anita McLaren who is on 105. Her 97th goal was one of her most important, scored in her most recent match in the black singlet that sealed the New Zealand women’s team a ticket to Tokyo 2020, winning the Oceania Cup against arch-rivals Australia.
Merry commented, “I wouldn’t be able to achieve any of this without my teammates, it is a privilege to be part of such a hardworking and dedicated team”.
The former Avonside Girls High student began her career playing for the Carlton Redcliffs club as a junior, before switching to play for Harewood while at university. Merry is now based in Auckland where the national programme is centralized, as the team prepares for the second year of FIH Pro League and the Olympics which follows soon after.
Merry picked up the accolade of International Player of the Year at the recent Canterbury Hockey Award, and is now in line for hockey’s highest honour.
Voting is open to the public, up until 17 January 2020. To vote, please go to http://www.fih.ch/events/hockey-stars-awards/hockey-stars-2019/vote/
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