Personal Bio


I started playing Hockey when I was 10 and I have had the bug ever since. I am Hawke’s Bay born and proud. But I've also lived in Europe for 10yrs in Holland, Belgium and Germany playing Hockey.

I was lucky enough to experience several sports at my school William Colenso College in Napier. In doing so I excelled at Soccer, Rugby and Cricket where I was a Hawkes Bay rep until I was 17 when I finally chose Hockey as my sport of choice.

I have a Diploma in Sports Fitness, a Degree and Masters in Applied Business Management. I have studied several short courses at the university of Auckland's Business School and I am currently finishing a Sports Science Masters. 

I want to finish my career at teh Tokyo Olympics. 


Shea has thrived since being handed the vice-captaincy in 2011 making significant contributions on and off the field. He is a finesse player who boasts speed and vision while his perserverance often sees him frustrate the opposition.

Despite three shoulder dislocations, Shea has become a mainstay of the Blacksticks with more than 300 caps, showing his versatility in both attacking and defensive roles.

He made his debut in 2005 and went on to impress as one of the standout players at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and Rio Olympics in 2016. 

Shea McAleese


Date of Birth:


Town of Residence:




Shirt Number:

NZ Debut:
2005 vs. Pakistan at the Azlan Shah Cup

NHL Team:
Central Districts

Career High:
Winning Silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Career Low:
Dislocating my shoulder 3 times playing Hockey

Sacrifices you have made to play hockey:
Away from family, friends and relationships

Age you started playing at:

Hours of Training per week:
15 - 20

Toughest Opponent:

Who has been most influential in your career:
My Dad

Vision, speed, aggression, always wanting to be better

Most Admired Sportsperson:
Roger Federer (Tennis) Shabaz (Hockey)

Hobbies Outside of Hockey:
All sports, music, movies, relaxing with my wife and little girl

5 Words to Describe Yourself:
Relaxed, Confident, Strong Character, Happy

Favourite TV Show:
Game of Thrones, Son's of Anarchy, Entourage

Favourite Food:

Favourite Music:
Easy Listening (John Mayer, Ziggy Alberts, Coldplay)

Favourite Book:
Dan Brown Series

Tall Poppy Syndrome

Advice for Young Players:
Worry about getting your basics right before all the flashy stuff. In the end, good basics will set you above the rest!



2019 & 2020 FIH Pro League 

2018 Commonwealth Games SILVER MEDAL Gold Coast Australia 

2018 World Cup Bhubaneswar India 

2016 Olympic RIO 

2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow Scotland 

2014 World Cup Den Haag Holland 

2012 Champions Trophy Melbourne Australia


2011 Champions Trophy Auckland New Zealand 

2010 World Cup Delhi India

2010 Champions Trophy Monchengladbach Germany

2010 Commonwealth Games BRONZE MEDAL Delhi India

2009 World Cup Qualifier Invercargill New Zealand GOLD MEDAL

2009 Champions Challenge Salta Argentina GOLD MEDAL

2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS (I scored 2 goals one against Belgium & China)

2006 World Cup Qualifier Changzou China GOLD MEDAL

2006 World Cup Monchengladbach Germany

2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne Australia

2005 (May) Debut vs. Pakistan Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

I scored the winning stroke/goal against England in the BRONZE MEDAL play-off

I have Captained NZ 16 times

4 times at the 4 nations tournament in England 2010

8 times during the Summer Series in NZ 2011

4 times during the Summer Series in NZ 2012

I have scored 29* goals for NZ

I have currently played 233* tests for NZ

Shea McAleese

Shea McAleese


2015/18 Season Braxgata HC Belgium

2012/15 Season HGC Holland

2011 Central Men's NHL Champions 

2010/11 Season Braxgata HC Belgium 

2008/09 Season Uhlenhorster Germany European Hockey League (EHL) 2nd

2008/09 Season Uhlenhorster Germany EHL 2nd

2007/08 Season Uhlenhorster Germany 3rd

2007/08 Season Uhlenhorster Germany European Hockey League (EHL) European Champions

2006 Tasmania Men 2nd in AHL Australia

2005 Canterbury Men’s NHL Champions

2004-05 Canterbury U21’s National Champions

2004 Canterbury Men’s 2nd in NHL

2003-04 NZ U21’s

2000-02 NZ U18’s