Black Sticks Women finish at 5th Place in World League Final

The Black Sticks Women have finished on a high at the Hockey World League Final in Tucumán, Argentina after beating China 1-0 to take fifth place at the tournament, and Germany defeated Korea in a high scoring match by 7-4 to finish 7th at 1st edition of the tournament.

Kayla Sharland (Captain of New Zealand), who earned her 200th cap for Black Sticks, scored the winning goal

Kayla Sharland (Captain of New Zealand), who earned her 200th cap for Black Sticks, scored the winning goal

Inspirational captain Kayla Sharland celebrated her 200th international cap in style, delivering the game winning goal late in the second half.

While the game only provided one goal, the statistics told the story of New Zealand’s dominance with 22 circle penetrations to four and 75% of possession in China’s half.

The match put both sides under testing conditions with temperatures again approaching 40 degrees Celsius, but the final result was retribution for the Black Sticks who lost 2-0 to China in the campaign opener. 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 →