Black Sticks Men lose to Korea in 4th Test by 2-1 despite an improved performance at Pukekohe

Korea have beaten the Black Sticks Men 2-1 in the fourth test at Pukekohe this afternoon despite an improved attacking effort from the Kiwis.

Black Sticks Phil Burrows in action in fourth test at Pukekohe against Korea (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

Black Sticks Phil Burrows in action in fourth test at Pukekohe against Korea (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

The Black Sticks worked hard in the second half to equalise, at times putting pressure on the Koreans, pushing forward and attacking with confidence. But the Koreans were clinical in their defensive effort, consistently turning over the ball in the circle and taking possession.

“Today’s performance was much better, we created more opportunities than in any other game so far – we created five or six very good chances. Even though it isn’t reflected on the scoreboard, it was by far our best performance of this series,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading →

Korea beat Black Sticks Men 2-0 at Pukekohe

The Black Sticks Men have lost 2-0 to Korea at Counties Manukau Hockey in Pukekohe this afternoon, breaking the series deadlock in the third game of the six-test series.

Black Sticks Debutant George Muir in action in today’s game. (Credits: photosport.co.nz.)

Black Sticks Debutant George Muir in action in today’s game. (Credits: photosport.co.nz.)

Korea were the more dominant side throughout the 70 minutes and found the net twice in the second half, despite a spirited defensive effort from the Kiwis.

“We are finding out a lot about our players during this series, we have a number of younger less experienced players and it is good to see exactly what level they are at ahead of World League 3 next month,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading →