An entertaining 70 minutes of hockey between the Black Sticks Men and Korea has ended with a 1-1 draw in the second test at Rangitoto College today.
After being rested in the first test, drag flick expert Andy Hayward made an immediate impact for the Black Sticks after sending a 13th minute penalty corner low and inside the left post to give New Zealand the early advantage.
The Koreans were quick to respond though, levelling the score 10 minutes later through a Nam Yong Lee field goal.
Both sides played well on both sides of the ball throughout the second half but couldn’t deliver a deciding goal.
Head coach Colin Batch said he was impressed with the high level today’s game was played at and that the progression from game one was significant.
“We made a big step forward today, we matched them and created a lot of opportunities. We’re learning fast and that’s the really pleasing part,” Batch said.
“With the ball we grew in stature and that was a focus for us. We threw the ball away too often in the first test.
“There were some good performances from individuals who stepped up and we want to continue that growth throughout the series.”
The Black Sticks are back in action on Saturday when the third test heads south of Auckland to Counties at 3pm. Arun Panchia will play his 100th international game if he gets out onto the turf.
Earlier in the day the Korea U21 Women’s side defeated the New Zealand ‘A’ Women 4-2 in a curtain raiser for the Black Sticks clash.
Capital forward Kat O’Kallaghan scored the first goal of the game to put New Zealand in front but the Kiwis faded and conceded three unanswered goals. Jordy Grant scored late in the second half but it was too late to affect the final result.
Black Sticks 1: (Andy Hayward)
Korea 1: (Nam Yong Lee)
New Zealand ‘A’ Women: 2
Korea U21 Women: 4
Hockey New Zealand