North Harbour win battle of the bridge in Ford NHL

North Harbour men provided the upset in today’s fourth round of the Ford National Hockey League (NHL) at Auckland’s Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium.

In the battle of the bridge, Harbour rolled the joint defending champions Auckland 3-0 to inflict the first loss of the tournament on the home side.

The Aucklanders never really looked like winning and thanks to some strong goalkeeping from Harbour’s Richard Joyce they were even kept scoreless. When former Black Stick Jan Petersen touched in Harbour’s third goal with just minutes remaining, the boys from across the bridge had the game in the bag. Continue reading →

Auckland stamps mark on opening round of Ford NHL

Defending champions Auckland men’s and women’s sides were in ominous form in today’s opening round of the Ford National Hockey League (NHL).

The defending women’s champions Auckland showed why they are again favourites to take the K Cup women’s trophy as they demolished Northland 7-1 in Whangarei. Leading 4-0 at the break, Auckland continued their domination in the second spell with former Black Stick and captain Jan Rowsell controlling the midfield. Continue reading →

Black Sticks return for Ford National Hockey League action

Twenty six Black Sticks, including eight of the women’s side who created history by making the Olympic semi-finals, will feature in the Ford National Hockey League (NHL) starting on Saturday.

Black Sticks LogoTen of our Olympians have jetted back from London to make themselves available for their regions as the eight men’s sides’ battle for the Challenge Shield and the eight women’s teams for the K Cup.

Women’s defending champions Auckland look the strongest side heading into this year’s Ford NHL. The Aucklander’s have notched up some convincing warm-up victories and they’ll be bolstered by the return of Olympic stars Katie Glynn and Sam Harrison. With former Black Sticks Jan Rowsell and Honor Carter leading the side and ex Hockeyroo Kate Hollywood, they are certainly one of the favourites on paper. Continue reading →