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Black Sticks wrap up pool play unbeaten

Black Sticks wrap up pool play unbeaten

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The Black Sticks have defeated Ireland 3-1 to conclude pool play undefeated at the Hawke’s Bay Cup

The Black Sticks Women have defeated Ireland 3-1 to finish top of Pool B and conclude pool play undefeated at the Hawke’s Bay Cup.

Trailing by one goal at halftime, the Black Sticks equalised through Anita Punt in the 32nd minute before two stunning goals in the final 10 minutes from Stacey Michelsen and Charlotte Harrison sealed the result.

It was a fitting celebration for Harrison, whose goal marked her 200th international cap in style.

Tonight’s win sees New Zealand secure three wins from three games in the pool phase after overcoming India (1-0) and China (3-1) in earlier games at the tournament.

The top seeded Black Sticks now face a clash against Korea (bottom of Pool A) in the Quarter Finals at 4:45pm on Thursday.

All four of Thursday’s Quarter Finals will be live streamed at hockeynz.co.nz/Video

Black Sticks assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was a tough game against an improving Irish side.

“Ireland were always going to be a strong opponent, and they gave us a really good contest which is a good thing going into the quarter finals,” he said.

“We weren’t so good in the first half and we had to weather the storm under pressure. In the second half though our girls really fired up performed strongly.”

In the final game of the day, Ireland silenced the crowd in the ninth minute after taking advantage of a defensive error and rushing into the circle, where Nicola Evans knocked home a goal past goalkeeper Georgia Barnett.

The Black Sticks created chances throughout the first half but Ireland were physical on defence and carried their lead into halftime.

New Zealand came out of the break with added spark and equalised from a penalty corner variation which Punt rocketed into the roof of the net.

Michelsen gave the Black Sticks their first lead with eight minutes on the clock when the ball fell at her feet in the circle and she sent a lethal reverse shot past the keeper.

Just one minute later the advantage pushed out further when a counter attack caught the Irish defence off guard and Michelsen found an open Harrison to put a goal away from close range.

In other results today Japan continued their great run at the tournament with a 2-1 win over Korea, Australia defeated Canada 4-0 and China kept India winless with a 2-1 result.

Hawke’s Bay Cup – Quarter Finals, Thursday 7th April

10:00am

Japan (1st Pool A) vs India (4th Pool B)

12:15pm

China (2nd Pool B) vs Canada (3rd Pool A)

2:30pm

Australia (2nd Pool A) vs Ireland (3rd Pool B)

4:45pm

Black Sticks (1st Pool B) vs Korea (4th Pool A)

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BLACK STICKS 3: (Anita Punt, Stacey Michelsen, Charlotte Harrison)
IRELAND 1: (Nicola Evans)
Halftime: Ireland 1-0

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