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Women win big to open Games, while men come back in 10 goal thriller

In a dream start, the New Zealand women romped past Kenya 16-0 to open the defence of their Commonwealth Games women’s hockey crown in devastating fashion.

No less than nine New Zealanders got on the scoresheet as the Kenyans, in their Commonwealth Games debut, were unable to make an impression.

Olivia Shannon (3), Alex Lukin, co-captain Olivia Merry (2), Frances Davies, Stephanie Dickins (2), co-captain Megan Hull (2), Alia Jaques (2), Kaitlin Cotter (2) and Rose Tynan scored. Nine of New Zealand’s goals came from field goals, six from penalty corners and one from a penalty stroke.

The Kiwis manufactured 49 shots at goal, the Kenyans just one with a quiet day in the office for the New Zealand goalkeepers.

The goals were evenly spread – New Zealand led 3-0 at quarter-time, 9-0 at halftime and 12-0 at three-quarter-time.

The women’s next game is against Scotland 31 July at 8am NZT.

Over in the men’s match New Zealand found themselves on the brink of a stunning defeat by Scotland.

The Scots scored first after six minutes and from then until halftime they made the most of their scoring opportunities and found themselves ahead 5-1.

To their credit the New Zealanders kept pressing. By three-quarter-time it was 5-2, though still the mountain seemed a formidable one to climb.

But in the final quarter Jake Smith, Hugo Inglis and Sam Hiha slotted goals within four minutes to level the score at 5-5.

Unlikely as it had seemed just a few minutes before, for the final nine minutes it was New Zealand hard on attack looking for the match-winner and the Scots scrambling madly in defence. The goal never came, despite New Zealand winning three penalty corners near the end, and it finished 5-5.

The result – unlikely as it was – means New Zealand still have a solid chance of progressing to the semi-finals, but they won’t want another roller coaster like the Scotland match for a long time.

  • July 30th, 2022 in
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