The Black Sticks Men battled hard but were defeated 2-1 by Korea in the sixth and final test of the series in a wet weather clash at Papatoetoe Sports Centre tonight.
Black Stick Jacob Smith in action (Credits: photosport.co.nz)
After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Kiwis drew level through a stunning Stephen Jenness goal but surrendered the lead again soon after and could not equalise.
The Blacks Sticks looked impressive for much of the game and played with solid structure defensively, however it didn’t translate into goals at the other end.
Head coach Colin Batch said there were areas of his side’s game that were pleasing but it was disappointing to come away with a loss. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men have lost 1-0 against Korea at Papatoetoe Sports Centre tonight in a game full of speed and skill that was arguably their best game of hockey so far in the six-test series.
Black Sticks Hugo Inglis playing his 100th test match tonight against Korea at Papatoetoe (Credit photosport.co.nz)
“It was a good performance from us tonight and although it was frustrating to concede a goal early on, we were disciplined and played a good game of hockey. It is really pleasing that we are improving with every match, we just need to work on finishing off the opportunities that we create so we can get the goals on the scoreboard,” says head coach Colin Batch.
It was not the start New Zealand were hoping for, letting in an unfortunate soft goal in the first two minutes from Korean Nam Young Lee. A compelling attacking effort from the Koreans followed for the next 30 minutes and the Black Sticks held strong in defence to avoid conceding a second goal. Continue reading
The Junior Black Sticks Women (Under-21’s) have put on another strong display today winning 4-3 against Korea’s Under-21 side at Auckland Grammar Hockey Turf.
Junior Black Stick Michaela Curtis in action during today’s second test against Korea at Auckland Grammar Hockey Turf. (Credits: photosport.co.nz)
Coach Chris Leslie was pleased with today’s performance and says this series goes a long way in preparing players for the Junior World Cup in Germany in July.
“It was a step up from the first match [yesterday] and we certainly played with more intensity. We moved the ball on well and stretched the opposition on a number of occasions which was pleasing,” says Leslie. Continue reading
Korea have beaten the Black Sticks Men 2-1 in the fourth test at Pukekohe this afternoon despite an improved attacking effort from the Kiwis.
Black Sticks Phil Burrows in action in fourth test at Pukekohe against Korea (Credits: photosport.co.nz)
The Black Sticks worked hard in the second half to equalise, at times putting pressure on the Koreans, pushing forward and attacking with confidence. But the Koreans were clinical in their defensive effort, consistently turning over the ball in the circle and taking possession.
“Today’s performance was much better, we created more opportunities than in any other game so far – we created five or six very good chances. Even though it isn’t reflected on the scoreboard, it was by far our best performance of this series,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men have lost 2-0 to Korea at Counties Manukau Hockey in Pukekohe this afternoon, breaking the series deadlock in the third game of the six-test series.
Black Sticks Debutant George Muir in action in today’s game. (Credits: photosport.co.nz.)
Korea were the more dominant side throughout the 70 minutes and found the net twice in the second half, despite a spirited defensive effort from the Kiwis.
“We are finding out a lot about our players during this series, we have a number of younger less experienced players and it is good to see exactly what level they are at ahead of World League 3 next month,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading
Canterbury’s Anna Wetherall scored a hat-trick to inspire the New Zealand ‘A’ Women to a 5-2 win over the Korea U21s at Rangitoto College today.
After losing to the same side 2-4 yesterday, New Zealand played much more cohesively in game two despite the heavy rain.
Natasha Fitzsimons (North Harbour) and Jordy Grant (Canterbury) also scored for the New Zealand side, which held a 2-1 lead at halftime. Continue reading