The touring Indian hockey side provided a much tougher challenge for the Black Sticks women in the second game of the six-test series at the weekend.
The Kiwis, ranked No 3 in the world, put away the No 12-ranked visitors 7-3 in Saturday's game in Napier. But in the Sunday game the Black Sticks had to come from behind to secure a 3-1 win.
Wellingtonian Anita Punt scored the home side's second goal with a penalty corner flick.
The Hutt Valley's Aniwaka Roberts, 23, was described by team management as the Black Sticks' stand- out player. The talented defender, who captains the Wellington rep side, is making her international test series debut and following in the footsteps of her older sister Niniwa, who played more than 150 times in the black strip.
There are two more games in Palmerston North tonight and tomorrow before the action heads to the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown for the final games this Friday and Saturday, both starting at 7pm. (Adults $10, children 6 to14 $5, pensioners $8, family pass - 2 adults, 2 children, $25.)
The Black Sticks will be at Frank Kitts park on Thursday for about half an hour from 5.15pm to chat to fans. More information available at facebook.com/wellingtonhockey.
- Hutt News