A shocker start cost the Black Sticks Women in their first match up with
Nicole Arrold deflected a Casey Estham penalty corner strike for the first goal in the 2nd minute and Ashleigh Nelson touched home a Hope Munro shot from the right for the second in the fourth minute
The Black Sticks did well to gather themselves back into the game to reply with a goal of their own in the 14th minute. Charlotte Harrison guided home a good penalty corner strike from Clarissa Eshuis to the right post.
From there the New Zealanders gained confidence and competed well for equal territory and possession.
In the second half neither side could score again, and the Black Sticks would have lamented their poor start.
One a positive note the
Emily Naylor was the pick of the
Up front the
Goal scorers –
Australia stepped up their goal scoring machine in the second half against the Black Sticks Men at the Oceania Cup today Invercargill, to take out the match 5 – 2.
The two sides went into half time tied up at 2 – 2, but
New Zealand was first to score in the first half when a fine run by Simon Child was finished by Phil Burrows at close range, in the 19th minute.
In the second half a finely placed penalty corner strike by Desmond Abbott just clipped the top of the backboard over the top of prone keeper Kyle Pontifex to put the Kookaburras back in the lead, 3 – 2. Doerner added another drag flick bullet, this time low to the right hand corner for a 4 - 2 lead. Seconds before full time Jamie Dwyer added a field goal to take the Kookaburras out to what was probably a flattering 5 – 2 final score.
Source: Hockey New
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