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Black Sticks down Malaysia in opener

Black Sticks down Malaysia in opener

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<p>The Black Sticks Women have cruised to a 3-0 win over Malaysia in the first of five tests in Stratford</p>
<p class="">The Black Sticks Women have cruised to a 3-0 win over Malaysia in the first of five tests at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford.<br>
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Solid execution in the first half saw the Kiwis score goals through Sam Harrison, Michaela Curtis and Amy Robinson while shutting out the Malaysians.<br>
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Brooke Roberts, Pippa Norman, Tarryn Davey, Phoebe Steele, Catherine Tinning, Amy Robinson, Frances Davies and Ginny Wilson all made their international debut.<br>
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Black Sticks assistant coach Sean Dancer said there were some good signs from the youngsters but still plenty to improve on during the series.<br>
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“We had a lot of new players tonight so there was plenty of nervous energy but also excitement which was great to see,” he said.<br>
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“It was a good first half from us which we dominated and created a lot of pressure. We fell away a bit in the second half so we know what needs to be worked on ahead of game two.”<br>
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New Zealand began the game with high intensity and opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Harrison knocked in from a penalty corner.<br>
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Curtis doubled the lead 10 minutes later with a tidy finish on a good phase of play up the field.<br>
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Midlands youngster Robinson then scored her first ever goal for the Black Sticks from a top drawer piece of aggressive attack in the 18th minute.<br>
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Neither side could add to the score in the second half as Malaysia improved on defence and caused some trouble for New Zealand on the ball.<br>
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The Black Sticks go up against Malaysia in game two at 6:30pm tomorrow, with tickets still available through <a href="http://www.hockeynz.co.nz/">www.hockeynz.co.nz</a> <br>
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The Black Sticks Women vs Malaysia series is proudly supported by the Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET).<br>
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BLACK STICKS WOMEN 3:</strong> (Samantha Harrison, Michaela Curtis, Amy Robinson)<br>
<strong>MALAYSIA 0</strong><br>
Halftime: Black Sticks 3-0<br>
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