Kookaburras beat Black Sticks 4-1 in 1st Test at Perth

Double strikes from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Kookaburras a resounding 4-1 win over rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks in Perth on Thursday night in the first of two test.

Kookaburras Hockey Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Black Sticks Men’s captain Dean Couzins will play his 300th test, when the Kookaburras and New Zealand meet again in the second and final Test in Perth on Saturday evening, 7pm AWST / 9pm AEST. The match will be live streamed via the Hockey Australia website at hockey.org.au.

A late brace from Whetton was no less than he or the Kookaburras deserved after first half goals from New South Wales’ Orchard, whose terrific solo effort just before half time gave the Kookaburras valuable breathing space at 2-0. Whetton’s first was a superb tomahawk strike from the narrowest of angles after rounding the Kiwi goalkeeper Hamish McGregor while his second was a simple finish at the back post after excellent set-up play by Russell Ford on his 150th appearance.

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Black Sticks are ready for Oceania Cup from Tomorrow at Taranaki

The TET Black Sticks Men and Women have finished their respective training camps and are now ready to start their Oceania Cup campaign from tomorrow at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford.

Oceania Cup Hockey 2013 at Taranaki

From the 30 Oct-3 Nov the Black Sticks will play Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. Trans-Tasman rivalry will be strong with the Black Sticks Women looking to retain their 2011 Oceania Cup title while the Black Sticks Men will take on World Champions Australia for a chance at Oceania Cup victory as winners qualify for 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Hague. Continue reading →