The Junior Black Sticks were beaten 5-1 by Germany at the Sultan of Johor Cup last night in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Having won their first two games against Pakistan and Malaysia, the Junior Black Sticks struggled to compete with the Germans who demonstrated superior passing and receiving skills and controlled the game for long periods.
“We did not match Germany’s work rate or passing skills. Overall, we did not play the game we wanted, in particular our passing resulted in too many turnovers,” says head coach Grant Edwards.
“In the next game, we really need to improve our ball distribution and marking if we are to beat the skilful and fast Indian side,” says Edwards.
The half time score was 4-0 to Germany, and it was Kane Russell who found the back of the goal with a successful penalty corner late in the second half.
Edwards noted Russell as the stand out player of the game, his exceptional marking and ball distribution was evident throughout the 70 minutes. The match was played on a rain drenched turf, after an hour’s rain delay.
This Junior Black Sticks team is part of the Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks programme which provides selection and development camps, coaching as well as international experience for national U-18 and U-21 players. There are 120 athletes that get the opportunity to be part of the Future Black Sticks programme each year.