Argentina defeated Black Sticks 5-1 in the final of the Four Nations tournament at Blake Park in Tauranga tonight, while USA overcame Korea 1-0 to grab 3rd place.
Local Midlands player Gemma Flynn in action (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)
Argentina were in fine form today scoring four goals in the first half and at times leaving New Zealand scrambling in defence.
“They were just quicker than us everywhere on the field tonight, they were much more dominant in the first half. At 4-1 I thought maybe we were in for a chance of a comeback, but when they got the fifth goal it was just too much of a lead,” says Hager.
“Argentina had ten goal scoring opportunities and scored five of them – we just let them run through the middle of the field, their midfielders were just too good for us tonight,” says Hager. Continue reading
In abysmal conditions at Blake Park in Tauranga– and after the game being suspended and rescheduled – the Black Sticks Women have pulled off a 5-1 win against Korea to make tomorrow’s Four Nations final.
Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)
“It is pleasing to have made both Four Nations finals, but we need to go out tomorrow and put in our best performance. We have to learn to be consistent when it comes to winning the big games,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play a top side in a crucial game. We can’t be on the back foot against Argentina, as long as we play with good intensity and keep our defensive structure it should be a good game,” says Nicol. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Women have held on to take a 1-0 win against the USA, after an early goal from Michaela Curtis got the Kiwis ahead in their second game of the Four Nations tournament in Hamilton tonight.
Michaela Curtis congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring in Hamilton against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)
Head coach Mark Hager admitted his side was lucky to come away with a win and says they will have to turn it up a notch when they take on Korea on Saturday if they want to confirm their spot in the final.
“We got lots of opportunities tonight but weren’t clinical and that is disappointing, we just aren’t playing as well as we were last week. Korea will come out and fight for it on Saturday so we need to perform much better if we are to make the final,” says Hager. Continue reading
17th April 2013: The Black Sticks have had a last minute comeback to claim a 2-2 draw against Argentina at the Four Nations Tournament in Hamilton tonight.
Black Sticks Stacey Michelsen (left) celebrates with captain Kayla Sharland (right) after scoring a goal against Korea (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)
On a wintery night at the Gallagher Hockey Centre, the Black Sticks worked hard to turn a 2-0 deficit into a draw thanks to goals from Stacey Michelsen and a field goal in the 70th minute from Charlotte Harrison.
“It was a good comeback, our players have taken steps forward in that regard. They know how to work hard, hold on and not give up and that is really pleasing. Previously, we have been in that position and lost games, especially against Argentina, so it is good to fight back and take the draw,” says head coach Mark Hager. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Women have finished the first Four Nations in emphatic style after defeating Korea 3-0 in the final at the ITM Hockey Centre in Whangarei today.
Katie Glynn of New Zealand scoring a goal against Korea during 4 Nations Hockey in Whangarei
The Kiwis certainly saved their best performance at the tournament for last, putting on a clinic on both attack and defence.
It was a fast start from both sides but New Zealand took control late in the first half and scored two goals in quick succession thanks to Sian Fremaux and Katie Glynn to go into halftime up 2-0.
The momentum stayed with the Black Sticks in the second half with Fremaux putting the icing on the cake with her second goal of the game to seal the win. Continue reading
The Black Sticks will meet Korea in tomorrow’s Four Nations final after soundly defeating USA 5-0 at the ITM Hockey Centre in Whangarei today.
Black Sticks Charlotte Harrison in action against USA during 4 Nations Hockey Tournament
After a first half dominated by defence on both sides of the ball, New Zealand took total control in the second period and poured on four well-worked goals.
Sian Fremaux was the sole scorer in the first half before Anita Punt, Krystal Forgesson, Kayla Sharland and Petrea Webster added their names to the scoresheet.
The victory was extra satisfying for 21-year-old Sam Charlton, who captained the side in her 50th international test for New Zealand. Continue reading