Black Sticks down India in series opener
The Black Sticks Women have opened with a 4-1 win over India at the Marrara Hockey Stadium in Darwin
The Black Sticks Women have begun their International Hockey Open series with a 4-1 win over India at the Marrara Hockey Stadium in Darwin.
New Zealand shook off a slow start and a tight 1-0 halftime lead to dominate the second half and score three unanswered goals in the space of six minutes in the fourth quarter.
Canterbury midfielder Pippa Hayward scored a double while Petrea Webster and Anita McLaren (formerly Punt) added to the score sheet.
Head coach Mark Hager said it was pleasing to open the four nations series with a win, although there was plenty to work on.
“It’s always good to start with a win but there are definitely areas we need to work on and tighten up ahead of our next game against Australia,” he said.
“We created a lot of chances but need to get better at converting more of those, and at times we went off the boil a bit so it’s maintaining intensity for the full 60 minutes.”
After a goalless first quarter, Hayward lit up the score board in the 18th minute off the back of a good baseline run and pass from Rachel McCann.
Hayward was in action again in the 47th minute after controlling a pass in the circle and slipping a shot through the feet of Savita in goal.
McLaren extended the buffer to three goals nine minutes from fulltime when she received on the run from a counter attack and smashed a shot past Savita’s shoulder from the top of the circle.
Webster put the result beyond any doubt two minutes later with a superb one-time shot after an Indian mistrap in the circle.
A terrific individual effort from Anuradha Thokchom just before the final whistle saw India score a consolation goal.
The Black Sticks take to the turf against hosts Australia at 9:30pm tomorrow (NZ time), with live coverage through Epicentre.tv
The International Hockey Open is part of New Zealand’s build up for the Champions Trophy in London from 19-27 June and the Rio Olympic Games in August.
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BLACK STICKS 4: (Pippa Hayward 2, Anita McLaren, Petrea Webster)
INDIA 1: (Anuradha Thokchom)
Halftime: Black Sticks 1-0
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