Junior Black Sticks underway at the Hockey World Cup Qualifier

The Junior Black Sticks Men beat Papua New Guinea 15-0 today, while the women lost 3-1 against Australia in the first games of their respective Junior World Cup Qualifiers in the Gold Coast.

Black Sticks LogoThe Women are playing three tests against Australia, and the men play games against Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Australia with the top two qualifying for the 2013 Junior World Cups.

Samoa and Papua New Guinea withdrew on the women’s side, allowing the Kiwi women automatic qualification along with Australia. Regardless, a tournament win for the Kiwis (men and women) will result in an easier pool at the Junior World Cup. Continue reading →

Gold Coast to Host 2013 Oceania Junior World Cup Qualification

Fast Facts:

Event: Oceania Junior World Cup Qualifiers
Where: Gold Coast Hockey Association
When: February 25 – March 3
Teams: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia’s new crop of Under 21 hockey stars will do battle against the best Oceania hockey nations for one of two lucrative Oceania qualifying spots in the 2013 Junior World Cup.

The 2013 Junior World Cup Qualifiers (JWCQ) will for the first time involve Pacific Island members. Traditionally, the qualifiers have been Australia and New Zealand playing a series to decide the rankings for the two qualifying spots. Continue reading →