Otago Spirit coach Scott Manson has named his side and there is a lot of change.
A scare in the final moments was not enough to stop the Albany Alligators beating the University Black Panthers 2-1 in their premier hockey match at McMillan Turf on Saturday.
Black Sticks coach Darren Smith has a long list of improvements he would like to see his side make before the Olympics.
It was daytime hockey for the first time in the transtasman series in Palmerston North yesterday, but the home sides are still without a win.
The Black Sticks women have drawn 1-1 with Australia, while the New Zealand men were beaten 3-1 in the opening games of the trans-Tasman hockey series in Palmerston North.
It was Varsity derby day on Saturday as the University teams lined up against each other in Dunedin premier Club hockey.
It was second against third in the women’s club competition as both the University Huskies and Taieri Tigers were seeking a win to keep them on the tail of the table-topping City Highlanders.
The Taieri Tuataras enjoyed another perfect weekend with a successful Challenge shield match on Friday night and a comfortable win over the Albany Alligators on Saturday.
New Otago Hockey chairwoman Kate Wilson believes there are some exciting times ahead for the sport in the region.