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Auckland prepared for Super Smash double against CD

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The two Auckland teams are eager to get their Burger King Super Smash underway at Pukekura Park tomorrow after their pre-Christmas matches were rained out.

The Hearts will face the Central Hinds, before the Aces take on the Stags. Yesterday the Hinds fell to the Northern Spirit, while the Stags chased down the Knights at Mount Maunganui.

The washout on Christmas Eve left the Hearts particularly frustrated, as it was the second of their games to be affected by rain.

"We just have to make sure we win the games we play and try to keep our fate in our own hands," says Hearts captain Maddy Green.

"Obviously we can’t do anything about the weather, so we’re just focused on getting the things we can right."

The Aces, meanwhile, have had to watch every other team get out in the middle.

Captain Craig Cachopa is keen to make the most of their team’s firepower to get their Super Smash started.

"Pukekura Park has some small boundaries, so it’ll be good to see how Martin Guptill and Colin Munro go with them."

Cachopa says that the Aces have made the most of their few extra days at home.

"We got back from Hobart and went straight into preparing for the Firebirds. Now the guys have had Christmas with their families and they’re all fully prepared and ready for the Stags."

Both the Hearts and the Aces squads are unchanged from the squads named to play Wellington.

The Auckland Hearts will play the Central Hinds tomorrow at 12:45pm before the Aces face the Stags at 4:00pm, both at Pukekura Park.

Auckland Hearts squad to play the Central Hinds:

Maddy Green (C)

Bella Armstrong

Skye Bowden

Lauren Down

Holly Huddleston

Arlene Kelly

Tariel Lamb (WK)

Regina Lili’i

Roz McNeill

Katie Perkins

Anna Peterson

Jesse Prasad

Auckland Aces squad to play the Central Stags:

Craig Cachopa (C)

Mark Chapman

Lockie Ferguson

Donovan Grobbelaar

Martin Guptill

Roneel Hira

Ben Lister

Colin Munro

Robbie O’Donnell

Glenn Phillips (WK)

Matthew Quinn

Will Somerville

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