Argentina defeated Black Sticks 5-1 in the final of the Four Nations tournament at Blake Park in Tauranga tonight, while USA overcame Korea 1-0 to grab 3rd place.
Local Midlands player Gemma Flynn in action (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)
Argentina were in fine form today scoring four goals in the first half and at times leaving New Zealand scrambling in defence.
“They were just quicker than us everywhere on the field tonight, they were much more dominant in the first half. At 4-1 I thought maybe we were in for a chance of a comeback, but when they got the fifth goal it was just too much of a lead,” says Hager.
“Argentina had ten goal scoring opportunities and scored five of them – we just let them run through the middle of the field, their midfielders were just too good for us tonight,” says Hager. Continue reading →
In abysmal conditions at Blake Park in Tauranga– and after the game being suspended and rescheduled – the Black Sticks Women have pulled off a 5-1 win against Korea to make tomorrow’s Four Nations final.
Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)
“It is pleasing to have made both Four Nations finals, but we need to go out tomorrow and put in our best performance. We have to learn to be consistent when it comes to winning the big games,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play a top side in a crucial game. We can’t be on the back foot against Argentina, as long as we play with good intensity and keep our defensive structure it should be a good game,” says Nicol. Continue reading →