Black Sticks Men Edge Spain to Book Semis against Belgium

An enormous team effort has led the Black Sticks Men to a 1-0 win over Spain and sees them progress to the semi finals at the Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) in Rotterdam.

A first half goal from Hugo Inglis was enough to put the still undefeated Kiwi men into the semi-finals where they will play Belgium on Saturday morning at 3am (NZ time) for a shot at the final. Belgium defeated Ireland 6-3 in the 1st quarter final on the day. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men Share Honours With London Silver Medalists Netherlands

The Black Sticks Men have come away with a 3-3 draw against hosts Netherlands in their opening game at the World League Semi-Final at Rotterdam in this morning (NZ time).

Hugo Inglis scored two goals for Black Sticks against Netherlands in Hockey World League Semi Finals at Rotterdam

After Netherlands scored first, the Black Sticks netted three unanswered goals to go up 3-1 before the Dutch responded late in the second half to salvage a draw.

Hugo Inglis had an outstanding game up front and scored a double with Jacob Smith knocking in New Zealand’s third. Phil Burrows was also a stand-out player for the Kiwis, setting up several scoring opportunities.

The draw sees both sides take away one point each, with Ireland and India also on one point in Pool B after drawing 4-4 earlier in the day.

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A fast and furious Hockey game results in a 1-0 loss for Black Sticks against Korea

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)

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 →

9 Black Sticks to be Auctioned in World-Class Hockey League

An exciting new men’s hockey league in India will provide strong competition and a new source of income for the world’s best hockey players – and nine Black Sticks have signed up to be part of it.

Black Sticks LogoFollowing in the footsteps of the Indian Cricket IPL model, it is understood that the organisers of the new Hockey India League (HIL) will hold a live auction on the 7th November where the six city-based franchises will bid on approximately 100 international players. Continue reading →

Simon Child lead 9 Black Sticks to Hockey India League Players’ Auction

NEW DELHI, October 18: Simon Child, a member of the FIH World All Star team in 2009 and is on the road to becoming the most capped New Zealand hockey international, is among the nine stars from that country who will feature in next month’s Hockey India League Players’ Auction that will herald the onset of the prestigious Hockey India League in January next year.

Hugo Inglis

Hugo Inglis

With 93 goals from more than 170 matches, the 24-year-old Child has etched his mark as one of the world’s premier strikers with his unbelievable skills. Having started as a teenager, he has been a key member of New Zealand team in 2006 World Cup in Germany, 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2012 Games in London. Continue reading →