The Fans of HockeyWorld Hockey NewsClean Sweep for Black Sticks against Chile before World League Finals

The Black Sticks Women have won their final test against Chile in Santiago today, giving them a 3-0 series win ahead of the World League Final starting next weekend in Argentina.

Hockey New Zealand / Black Sticks LogoHowever, their 3-2 win today was by far the closest game of the series, with the Black Sticks winning the previous two tests 6-2 and 7-0. The Kiwis were 3-0 up thanks to goals from Sophie Cox, Petrea Webster and Anita Punt before Chile found the back of the net twice in the final 15 minutes.

Head coach Mark Hager said it wasn’t the best performance from his side and better decisions up front would have helped them score more goals.

“It’s a little disappointing, particularly our decision making in the attacking third. We got the ball up into the attacking third enough times, but our decisions and option taking in the circle weren’t good, which is why we didn’t get as many goals as we have in our previous games,” says Hager.

In the first half, Cox scored in the 25th minute and Petrea Webster scored a minute later and although the Kiwis created opportunities to extend their lead, they couldn’t convert and went into the second half 2-0 up. Punt was next to score in the 41st minute and with 15 minutes left on the clock, Chile scored from a penalty corner and then a last minute field goal.

The Black Sticks Women have a day off tomorrow as they travel North to Tucuman, Argentina. They then have two training sessions and a practice game against Holland ahead of their opening game of the World League Final which is against China on Sunday 1 December. All World League Final games are live on SKY Sport.

Along with China, the Black Sticks will also face current World Champions Argentina and Australia in Pool B, while Pool A includes reigning Olympic champions Holland alongside England, Germany and Korea. The format of the tournament is the same as World League Three.

The Black Sticks Women have overcome a slow start to defeat Chile 6-2 in the first game. Chile caught the Black Sticks off guard in the first half, scoring goals in the 21st and 26th minutes and leading 2-1 at halftime following a lone Kayla Sharland field goal.

But a much improved second half saw the Kiwis swing the momentum their way and pour on a further five unanswered goals. Sharland added a penalty corner strike to finish with a double while Julia King, Olivia Merry, Krystal Forgesson and Rose Keddell all found the back of the net.

The Black Sticks put together a much improved performance in their 2nd game as they defeated Chile 7-0. North Harbour’s Petrea Webster opened the scoring, with Rhiannon Dennison, Gemma Flynn and Krystal Forgesson also scoring goals to take New Zealand into halftime with a 4-0 lead.

The Black Sticks kept the pressure on in the second half with captain Kayla Sharland taking charge and scoring a double, while Forgesson also added her second goal of the game. Along with a threatening attack, New Zealand played much better on defence and kept a clean sheet against the Chileans.

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