Black Sticks trounce Korea to progress

Black Sticks trounce Korea to progress


The Black Sticks have trounced Korea 6-0 to progress to the Hawke’s Bay Cup semi finals

The Black Sticks Women have recorded an emphatic 6-0 victory over Korea to progress to the semi finals at the Hawke’s Bay Cup.

It was a dominant performance from the home side who took control from the opening whistle and were relentless on attack throughout the match.

The Black Sticks scored three goals in each half with Anita Punt picking up a brace of penalty corner flicks while Olivia Merry, Sophie Cocks, Sam Charlton and Pippa Hayward also found the back of the net.

The result sets up a semi final against trans-Tasman rivals and defending champions Australia at 6:15pm on Saturday, while the second semi sees Japan up against China at 4:00pm.

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Black Sticks captain Sam Charlton said it was a complete team performance from her side.

“I think we were pretty happy to put away six goals against a good defensive side like Korea, so that is pleasing,” Charlton said.

“You can see how connected we were as a unit tonight and we transitioned from defence to attack very well.

“It’s important to be able to win these sort of crunch matches consistently and I think, touch wood, we’re heading that way but Saturday will be another big test for us.”

The Black Sticks grabbed an early advantage midway through the opening quarter thanks to a cutting run from Rachel McCann who slipped a pass in to Olivia Merry for an open shot at goal.

New Zealand pushed their lead further in the 18th minute after a long overhead clearance found Merry wide open to run the ball into the  circle, finding a diving Sophie Cocks to knock home.

Two minutes later the Black Sticks earned their first penalty corner of the game, and capitalised on the opportunity with Anita Punt flicking low and to the left to give her side a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Sam Charlton added to the score line in the 47th minute after pouncing on a loose ball and smashing a reverse stick shot into the goal from the edge of the circle.

That wasn’t the end for the Black Sticks who added a further two goals in the final 30 seconds with another penalty corner flick from Punt before an opportune tap in by Pippa Hayward.

In other results today Japan outmuscled India 3-1, China edged out Canada 1-0 and defending champions Australia beat Ireland 3-0.

Hawke’s Bay Cup – Semi Finals
Saturday 9th April

3rd/4rd Playoff

India (Loser QF1) v Canada (Loser QF2)


3rd/4rd Playoff

Ireland (Loser QF3) v Korea (Loser QF4)


Semi Final 1

Japan (Winner QF1) v China (Winner QF2)


Semi Final 2

Australia (Winner QF3) v Black Sticks (Winner QF4)


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BLACK STICKS 6: (Anita Punt 2, Olivia Merry, Sophie Cocks, Sam Charlton, Pippa Hayward)
Halftime: Black Sticks 3-0

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