Former Black Stick Gemma McCaw remains coy on Mark Hager controversy

A Black Sticks star for a decade, Gemma McCaw is sidestepping discussion about the merits or otherwise of national coach Mark Hager.

The 54-year-old is to be the subject of an independent review, after claim and counter claim about the team's culture and his management style.

On Thursday, McCaw - complete with baby bump - was at Bromley School in Christchurch as part of a 'Healthiest School Challenge' programme.

Now retired, she played nearly 250 games for the Black Sticks, mostly under Hager.

Hagar has both supporters and critics. It's a touchy subject for many - and that includes McCaw.

"There's an independent review and it's not my place to talk about that," McCaw told Newshub. "It should be done in the appropriate measures.

"We certainly had some good performances over that time, so as I say, we will wait and see."

While reluctant to pre-empt any review, McCaw does know what she would ultimately like to get out of it.

"I want to see New Zealand hockey medal at the next Olympics and the ones after." 

As it stands, Hagar will be the coach through to the next Olympics. He's contracted through until the end of Tokyo 2020.


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