Black Sticks Women through to final of Hawke’s Bay Cup

The Black Sticks Women have romped to a 4-0 win against Korea tonight in the semi-final of the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings. Earlier in the day, USA defeated India and Argentina beat Japan to set-up all Pan-American 5th place match.

Black Sticks celebrate during Hawke's Bay Cup semi final against Japan (Credits: Ned Dawson)

Black Sticks celebrate during Hawke’s Bay Cup semi final against Japan (Credits: Ned Dawson)

It was a commanding performance from the Black Sticks and coach Mark Hager says he hopes it can be repeated in tomorrow’s final against Australia who overcame China in other semi final. “I think it’s the best we have played since the London Olympics as a collective unit for the four quarters. From Georgia Barnett in goal right through to the strikers, it was a good effort from all the girls,” said Hager. Continue reading →

India defeated by USA, to face Japan for 7th place, USA vs ARG for 5th: Hawke’s Bay

The women hockey team of India was defeated by USA in 5th-8th classification match at the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015. In the other 5th-8th classification match Argentina edged past Japan by 3-2 to set-up Pan-American contest for 5th place (report in later half of this article).

India vs USA during the Hawke's Bay Cup 2015 (Women's Hockey) in New Zealand

India vs USA during the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 (Women’s Hockey) in New Zealand

The classification match between India and USA witnessed yet another round of an exciting clash as each team looked at creating pressure through their attacks and cashing on the opportunities. It was USA which managed to capitalize and going on to beat India 3-0.

Immediately into the match both teams started with an intention of score the initial goal and taking one up in the match. In the 10th minute USA got a penalty corner in their name which they converted through the stick of Kathleen Sharkey. Not wasting further time they doubled their accounts in the 14th minute Katie O’Donnell scored through a smart field goal. Wit 2-0 on board, USA was leading the first quarter. Continue reading →

Indian Women Hockey team departed for New Zealand today for Hawke’s Bay Cup

The Indian Women team today departed for New Zealand to face the challenge of the Hawke’s Bay Cup. Captained by Ritu Rani, the team is confident of the clashes ahead and are looking at giving a tough fight to the opponents.

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi before departing for Hawke’s Bay

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi before departing for Hawke’s Bay

All the 18 Indian women Hockey players are aware of the importance of the tournament. Young Indian mid-fielder Navjot Kaur feels that creating and materializing the opportunity against these top teams will be difficult, while Sushila Chanu feels taking each game at a time will help the team in performing better.

Indian defender Deepika is excited and looking forward to face China and Hockeyroos, as her Indian team-mate and forward Poonam Rani feels that Australia and hosts New Zealand will be tough challenges in the tournament. Continue reading →

India to take each game at a time: Sushila; Strong bench is Important: Rajani

India is all set to leave for New Zealand tomorrow (7th April) to take on the challenge of the Hawke’s Bay Cup. High in confidence post their back to back wins in the recently concluded Women’s Hockey World League Round 2, the team is excited and waiting for the all important upcoming tournament.

Rajani Etimarpu (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

Rajani Etimarpu (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

Playing their first match with China on 11th April 2015, which will mark their outing at the tournament, the team will play to start the tourney on a winning note. The Hawke’s Bay Cup has eight of the world’s best teams coming to play for the Hawke’s Bay Cup, the teams are:
Australia (World ranking 2nd); Argentina(3rd); New Zealand (4th); China (5th); U.S.A. (8th); Korea (9th); Japan (10th); India (13th).

The India team with a visibly strong line-up in all departments will aim at taking on the opponents head on.

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India to play in Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey (W) in Hastings (NZL)

India’s women hockey team will feature in the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey women’s tournament (Hawke’s Bay Cup) to be held from 11th to 19th April. Matches at the Festival of Hockey will be hosted at both the Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier (New Zealand).

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Next month, India will be playing in FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 07 – 15 March, 2015. Hawke’s Bay Cup (in April) will be good exposure for Indian women, who are expected to qualify for FIH World League Round 3 to be held in June, that is their final chance to book a place in Rio Olympics. Continue reading →

EIT gets behind the Black Sticks

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) has joined the group of Hawke’s Bay business and community leaders backing the Black Sticks on their road to London.

(Left to right) Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu, (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport student), Alana Millington (Black Stick), Robert Hass (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport), Sally Rutherford (Black Stick)

(Left to right) Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu, (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport student), Alana Millington (Black Stick), Robert Hass (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport), Sally Rutherford (Black Stick) Source: Hockey New Zealand

“EIT has been involved in high performance sport with our sports scientists and students for quite some time.  With the region supporting the Black Sticks, this is a great opportunity for EIT to support these elite athletes in their campaign for the Olympics,” says EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins.

Hockey New Zealand is delighted to have the support of EIT saying that to have Hawke’s Bay’s key educational institute as part of this unique partnership is a real bonus.

“It is great to have EIT on board. The Hawke’s Bay partnership has allowed us to invest in the men’s and women’s team’s preparation for the Olympics, including training camps, an induction weekend as well as additional international tests,” says chief executive Hilary Poole. Continue reading →