Kookaburras and Black Sticks play 1-1 Draw

After an easy 4-1 victory on Thursday, the Kookaburras were made to play catching up by the New Zealand Black Sticks, as both the sides played out a hotly contested 1-1 draw in the second and final match of their Easter Test series in Perth on Saturday evening.

Glenn Turner’s close range finish late in the first half earned the Kookaburras a deserved equaliser after they had fallen behind to Kiwi Kane Russell’s deflected early penalty corner. Australia’s last official Test before coach Ric Charlesworth selects his squad for the World Cup, the match was a far tighter affair than Thursday’s 4-1 Kookaburras victory. Continue reading →

New Zealand Pip South Africa to Reach QFs of Jr World Cup

New Delhi, 9 December 2013: Kane Russell’s well executed drag-flick in second half was enough to see New Zealand through to quarter-finals of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, as they defeated South Africa by 1-0 in a must win match.

Kane Russell of New Zealand in action against South Africa during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Man-of-the-Match Kane Russell of New Zealand in action against South Africa during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Now New Zealand joined Malaysia from Pool D in the knock out stage of the tournament (schedule here). Earlier in the evening Malaysia defeated England 4-2 to win the Pool D with 9 points from 3 matches (Points table here).

It’s a really pleasing result. I thought we showed strong commitment and determination, as a team every player was really fighting for it,” said Black Sticks head coach Grant Edwards. Continue reading →

Sharland and Wilson named best Black Sticks Hockey Players

27th April, 2013: Co-captain Kayla Sharland and striker Nick Wilson have taken out the top honours at the Hockey New Zealand Annual Awards Dinner held in Auckland tonight.

Michaela Curtis (right) congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton tonight against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File Photo: Kayla Sharland being congratulated for a goal by Michaela Curtis (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Both were presented with the 2012 Player of the Year Award and acknowledged for their consistently exceptional performance throughout the year, especially during the London Olympics.

The Under-21 Player of the Year was handed to Dunedin drag flicker Kane Russell while hard working defender Sam Charlton collected the women’s equivalent.

A plumbing apprentice, Russell has worked his way into the Black Sticks over the last two years and is now regularly outclassing the opposition with his trademark drag flick. Continue reading →