New Zealand star Anita Punt.
New Zealand star Anita Punt.
(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Black Sticks Men and Women will face Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea in the Oceania Cup in Taranaki from the 30 October to the 3 November.

The Oceania Hockey Federation has approved the draw that will see four matches played every day across the four days of the tournament, with Friday scheduled as a rest day.

 Trans-Tasman rivalry will be strong with the Black Sticks Women looking to retain their 2011 Oceania Cup title while the Black Sticks Men will take on World Champions Australia for a chance at Oceania Cup victory.

 The women’s final will be played at 2pm and the men’s final will be at 4.30pm on Sunday 3 November.

 To ensure you don’t miss out on tickets, you can get the presale offer on the 5 August by subscribing to Hockey New Zealand’s Inner Circle Newsletter here on our home page. Tickets will go on public sale on the 19th August on http://www.hockeynz.co.nz

 All games will be played at the TET Multisports Event Centre in Stratford.

 The Oceania Cup is one of the five Continental Championships which is played every two years as part of the FIH qualification process for the World Cup and Olympic Games. With Australia and New Zealand’s Men’s and Women’s teams already qualified for next year’s World Cup, it will be ranking points and the chance to take home the Oceania Cup that all teams will be playing for.

 The last time either of the Black Sticks teams played in Taranaki was in 1963 when the men played Australia in New Plymouth and lost 2-3.

 

2013 Oceania Cup, 30 October – 3 November 

DATE

TIME

MATCH

Wednesday 30 October

11.30am

Papua New Guinea vs Samoa Women

 

1.30pm

Australia vs Samoa Men

 

3.30pm

New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Men

 

5.30pm

New Zealand vs Australia Women

 

 

 

Thursday 31 October

1.30pm

Papua New Guinea vs Samoa Men

 

3.30pm

Australia vs Samoa Women

 

5.30pm

New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Women

 

7.30pm

New Zealand vs Australia Men

 

 

 

Friday 1 November

Rest day

 

 

Saturday 2 November

8.00am

Australia vs Papua New Guinea Women

 

10.00am

Australia vs Papua New Guinea Men

 

12.00pm

Samoa vs New Zealand Women

 

2.00pm

Samoa vs New Zealand Men

 

 

 

Sunday 3 November

9.30am

3 v 4 Play-off Women

 

11.30am

3 v 4 Play-off Men

 

2.00pm

1 v 2 Final Women

 

4.30pm

1 v 2 Final Men

Hockey New Zealand Media release