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Veteran Gaddum retires from Black Sticks

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/09/2016

Emily Gaddum has confirmed her retirement from the Black Sticks, ending the longest hockey international career of any New Zealand woman.

Gaddum (nee Naylor), who missed selection for her fourth Olympics in Rio because she is expecting her first child in January.

The 30-year-old midfielder-turned-defender made her debut in 2004 and went on to amass a record 274 caps.

She also competed at three Commonwealth Games.

Gaddum was pleased to exit on a winning note, having beaten Australia in the final of a tournament in Darwin this year.

New Zealand coach Mark Hager described Gaddum as an integral part of the Black Sticks during his time in charge since 2009, both as a defender and a leader.

"Emily showed our group a professionalism required to play on the international stage," he said.

Gaddum's retirement follows that of New Zealand's captain at Rio, long-serving midfielder Kayla Whitelock.

Another veteran, forward Gemma Flynn, 26, is taking an extended break from hockey and won't commit to her future until next year.

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