Black Sticks topple India

Two second-half goals to the Black Sticks secured a deserved 3-1 win over India in the third women's hockey international in Palmerston North.

It took much of the game for the New Zealand women to subdue the world No 12s who had again scored the first goal of the match last night.

But as at Napier on Sunday the Black Sticks came from behind to snatch the win. 

It means they are 3-0 up in the series with one to play in Palmerston North followed by two tests in Wellington.

After the test had been locked at 1-all, the deadlock was broken by Katie Glynn when she slotted the ball high past the replacement Indian goalie off a penalty corner 20 minutes into the second half.

Young striker Michaela Curtis, in only her second game, sent the large home Manawatu crowd into raptures when she scored a field goal from a breakout after going close a minute earlier.

India had wasted no time in reminding the Black Sticks they were in for a game when they scored off the first penalty corner of the game after only eight minutes.

Two shots were blocked in the goal-mouth melee before their young captain Ritu Rani slotted in from close range.

The Indians had taken a 1-0 lead in the second test at Napier, although that was in the second half before the Kiwis had again stormed back.

This was an even but scrappy first half and it took the Black Sticks another 20 minutes before they equalised with a field goal from a right cross.

Anita Punt was the scorer so both captains were the scorers in the first half.

Coach Mark Hager hadn't started with all of his experienced players, but when he brought on Punt and Stacey Michelsen, the tide began turning.

Scorers: New Zealand 3 (Anita Punt, Katie Glynn, Michaela Curtis) India 1 (Ritu Rani) HT 1-all.

Manawatu Standard