Junior Black Sticks Women Beaten By Korea U-21 Hockey Team at Papatoetoe

The Junior Black Sticks Women (Under-21s) are resolute after being beaten 4-2 by the Korea U21 Women at Papatoetoe Sports Centre this afternoon.

After a level first half with one goal to each side, the Koreans edged away after the break and scored another three times to create a significant buffer.

Southern’s Phillipa Symes scored the home side’s opening goal with Erin Goad finding the back of the net with just minutes remaining in the match. Continue reading →

Black Stick Men Pipped by Korea in Final Test at Papatoetoe

The Black Sticks Men battled hard but were defeated 2-1 by Korea in the sixth and final test of the series in a wet weather clash at Papatoetoe Sports Centre tonight.

Black Stick Jacob Smith in action (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

Black Stick Jacob Smith in action (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Kiwis drew level through a stunning Stephen Jenness goal but surrendered the lead again soon after and could not equalise.

The Blacks Sticks looked impressive for much of the game and played with solid structure defensively, however it didn’t translate into goals at the other end.

Head coach Colin Batch said there were areas of his side’s game that were pleasing but it was disappointing to come away with a loss. Continue reading →

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 →