EIT gets behind the Black Sticks

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) has joined the group of Hawke’s Bay business and community leaders backing the Black Sticks on their road to London.

(Left to right) Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu, (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport student), Alana Millington (Black Stick), Robert Hass (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport), Sally Rutherford (Black Stick)

(Left to right) Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu, (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport student), Alana Millington (Black Stick), Robert Hass (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport), Sally Rutherford (Black Stick) Source: Hockey New Zealand

“EIT has been involved in high performance sport with our sports scientists and students for quite some time.  With the region supporting the Black Sticks, this is a great opportunity for EIT to support these elite athletes in their campaign for the Olympics,” says EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins.

Hockey New Zealand is delighted to have the support of EIT saying that to have Hawke’s Bay’s key educational institute as part of this unique partnership is a real bonus.

“It is great to have EIT on board. The Hawke’s Bay partnership has allowed us to invest in the men’s and women’s team’s preparation for the Olympics, including training camps, an induction weekend as well as additional international tests,” says chief executive Hilary Poole. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men’s team named for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Black Sticks Men’s team has been announced for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which will be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from 24 May to 3 June. It is the last tournament the Black Sticks will compete in before the Olympic team is named in mid June.

Black Sticks LogoOther teams competing are Great Britain, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and India as well as host country Malaysia, who are the only team not to have qualified for this year’s Olympics.

“This will be a great quality tournament for us and offers an opportunity to test ourselves against teams we’ll be playing against in London. Korea and India are both in our pool at the Olympics, so we are looking forward to playing them,” says captain Dean Couzins, who will likely reach his 250th test cap during the tournament. Continue reading →

Big changes afoot for National Under 21 Tournament

Some big changes are coming to the 2012 National Under 21 Tournament, which is set to take place at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton from 7-12 May.

Hosted by Waikato Hockey, the tournament will see a change to the format with two pools of four, which was the same format used at the Owen G Glenn FIH Men’s Champions Trophy last year. This replaces the format from last year which was a round robin followed by finals.

The very popular Penalty Shoot-out Competition will again be used at this year’s tournament in the event of any drawn games.

Similar to the National Hockey League, the tournament will this year see Men’s and Women’s teams representing the eight regions from Northland to Southern competing for the national title. The combined team previously known as Northern, has split to allow teams from Northland and North Harbour to compete as independent regions. Continue reading →

Hockey New Zealand acknowledges the best in the game

Black Sticks co-captain Kayla Sharland and goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex have been announced as the 2011 Players of the Year at the Hockey New Zealand Awards Dinner held in Wellington on Saturday 28 April.

The evening also acknowledged the unsung heroes of the sport presenting 20 recipients from throughout the country with bronze, silver or gold awards for the huge contribution they have made to the sport.

“It is so important that we acknowledge those who continue to make an invaluable contribution to their hockey community – these are the people that keep hockey running well at a local level,” says Chief Executive Hilary Poole.

Sport New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin presented Black Sticks Phil Burrows and Ryan Archibald with a framed shirt for reaching 250 international test caps – making them the highest capped hockey players in New Zealand’s history. Continue reading →

Early goals give Australia comfortable Four Nations victory, India finished at third

Australia has held on for a 3-1 victory over the Black Sticks Women in the final of the second series of the Four Nations tournament tonight at the Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium in Pakuranga, Auckland.

Three early first half goals put the home side on the back foot and they never recovered to hand their trans-Tasman rivals the second Four Nations title.

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Battling Black Sticks to face on-fire Australia

The Black Sticks Women will face Australia in the final of the second series of the Four Nations tournament despite drawing with India 3-3 tonight at the Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium in Pakuranga, Auckland.

The Kiwis had their finals spot secured before the match started but would have wanted a win tonight in the build-up for tomorrow’s trans-Tasman clash, a repeat of the final of the first series which the home side clinched 3-2.

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said after getting two goals up his team went away from what they were doing well.

“We go away from the game plan and structure and we’re not disciplined enough in defence. It’s because of our poor marking at the back and we also don’t treasure the ball when we go forward.”

“We know we can fight back. That’s a great attribute of this group but I’m over fighting back. We need to be able to stay in front and learn to win from those positions.”

The Black Sticks blew away the cobwebs from their lacklustre efforts in the past two games and were 2-0 up after 10 minutes thanks to goals to Katie Glynn and Cathryn Finlayson.

The Indians responded soon after with a goal to Rani and continued to put the Black Sticks under pressure with their counter-attacking style.

The home side also had chances to extend their lead, including an opportunity for a wide open Krystal Forgesson that she should have put away, but often the last pass was off target.

In the second spell, the Kiwis had numerous goal-scoring chances including a handful of penalty corners and an open goal for Finlayson but it was the visitors who were doing the scoring.

Vandana Katariya deflected in a shot after 19 minutes and just minutes later they took the lead as Chanchan Thokchom popped in a rebound.

It looked like they would hold the lead until Forgesson snatched one back with three minutes left to give the Black Sticks the draw and maintain their unbeaten record in the second series.

Australia confirmed their spot in tomorrow’s final with a blistering 5-1 victory over the USA.

Hager said the Black Sticks would need a much-improved effort to match Australia tomorrow.

“If we play like we did tonight and turn over so much ball they’re going to hurt us. They have that ability where they can punish you if you’re off your game.”

Tomorrow’s final is at 7.30pm at Lloyd Elsmore, with the play-off for third and fourth between USA and India starting at 5pm.

Hawke’s Bay is the Principal Partner of the Black Sticks Men and Women.

New Zealand v India
Full time: 3-3 Half time: 2-1 (New Zealand lead)
New Zealand goalscorers: Katie Glynn, Cathryn Finlayson, Krystal Forgesson
India goalscorers: Rani, Vandana Katariya, Chanchan Thokchom

Australia v USA
Full time: 5-1 (Australia win) Half time: 2-1
Australia goalscorers: Jodie Schulz, Georgia Nanscawen, Jade Close 2, Teneal Attard.
USA goalscorer: Claire Laubach