The Black Sticks Men defeated Japan with a score line of 6-1, Poland defeated Ireland 2-1, Canada beat France 3-2, while Korea overcame hosts Malaysia 3-1 at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan, Malaysia.
Four goals in the first half (Steve Edwards, Kane Russell, Alex Shaw and Simon Child) were enough to sink Japan’s hopes with 35 minutes still to play. Russell scored his double early in the second half before Stephen Jenness put the icing on the cake with a scintillating goal 10 minutes out from fulltime. Continue reading →
The Black Sticks Men have opened their tournament with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ireland in the opening match of the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge in Kuantan, Malaysia.
In the other matches on opening day of the tournament, Japan and France their respective matches against Poland and hosts Malaysia respectively by 3-2 each, while Korea were held by Canada for a 3-3 draw.
Due to soaring temperatures around 34 degrees Celsius, the game was split into four 17.5 minute quarters for player welfare.
Steve Edwards opened the scoring for New Zealand in the 11th minute before the Irish responded through Alan Sothern to lock the game up 1-1 at halftime. Continue reading →