Hockey

Sharland decides to take break

Kayla Sharland

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With the pain of narrowly missing an Olympic medal fresh in her mind Black Sticks' captain Kayla Sharland is set to take an indefinite break.

Sport NZ boss skirts disappointment

Phil Burrows

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Sport NZ boss Peter Miskimmin will not have a say on funding for the under-performing men's hockey team due to a conflict of interest.

Sour end for Black Sticks

Kayla Sharland

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Every Day at the hockey a tall, wise Indian man speaks glowingly of the Black Sticks.

Germany end Dutch hopes

Germany win gold

Germany successfully defended its Olympic men's field hockey title by beating the Netherlands 2-1 on Saturday, ruining hopes of a Dutch golden double.

Hager pushes Tasman ties

Mark Hager

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Black Sticks coach Mark Hager wants his women playing in the Australian national hockey league.

Netherlands retain hockey title

Netherlands' players celebrate

The Netherlands retained its women's Olympic field hockey title by controlling the second half to beat world champion Argentina 2-0 at Riverbank Arena.

Black Sticks feel pain of defeat

Black Sticks

Oh the pain. Oh the despair. Witness its palpable rawness as the Black Sticks lost their bronze medal playoff.

McLeod to step down

Shane McLeod

Black Sticks men's hockey coach Shane McLeod is stepping down.

Black Sticks miss bronze

Samantha Harrison

The Black Sticks' have lost their bronze medal match against Great Britain. | Painful scenes at Riverbank

Black Sticks eye 'extra jewellery'

Kayla Sharland

Which heart-broken hockey squad will rally to take bronze? The Black Sticks or Great Britain?

Dejected Black Sticks vow to regroup

Gemma Flynn and Kayla Sharland

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If you had offered the Black Sticks women an Olympic bronze medal a couple of weeks ago they would have flashed a smile and said thank you very much.

Black Sticks men seal ninth place

Richard Petherick celebrates with Nicholas Wilson

The NZ men's hockey team have ended their disappointing Olympics on a positive note with a 3-1 victory over Argentina in the playoff for ninth.

Black Sticks beaten on penalties

Kayla Sharland

Sport can be cruel, just ask the Black Sticks women.

Head and heart hurt

Injured Black Stick Katie Glynn.

Katie Glynn did not know what hurt more.

Black Sticks eye finals berth

Emily Naylor

Emily Naylor has chalked up 200 caps for the Black Sticks and now she has her eye on an Olympic hockey medal.

Black Sticks blow big lead

New Zealand's Andrew Hayward (left) challenges Germany's Moritz Fuerste during their men's group B hockey match at the London 2012 Olympic Games which ended in a 5-all draw.

New Zealand's Black Sticks men have let slip a first-ever major tournament victory over reigning Olympic champions Germany.

Black Sticks' coach full of pride

Mark Hager

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The coach of the Black Sticks women, Mark Hager, can't speak highly enough of his team heading into tomorrow's Olympic hockey semifinal.

Black Sticks women into semis

Emily Naylor

The Black Sticks women have survived a German onslaught to advance to the semifinals.

Black Sticks men bow out

Nicholas Wilson

The men's Black Sticks' Olympic medal dream is over after a 1-1 draw against Belgium.

Black Sticks control their own fate

Black Sticks

Beat Germany, and the women's Black Sticks are guaranteed a place in the Olympic semi-finals.

Black Sticks close in on semi

Kayla Sharland

The women's Black Sticks are within shot at an Olympics medal after a 3-2 win over the US.

Couzins concedes medal chance gone

Dean Couzins

Captain Dean Couzins has already written-off the Olympic medal hopes of the men's Black Sticks.

Make or break for Black Sticks

Emily Naylor

The women's Black Sticks game against the USA is shaping as crucial to their medal hopes. Men's chances over

Black Sticks thumped

Black Sticks

A hammer-blow has been dealt to the men's Black Sticks' Olympic chances, going down 5-1 the Netherlands.

Black Sticks prepare for US threat

Anita Punt

The Black Sticks women were carrying long faces after their 2-1 loss to world No 2 Argentina at the Olympics yesterday.

Black Sticks lose to Argentina

New Zealand's Gemma Flynn has a crack at goal during their women's hockey match against Argentina at the London Olympics.

The NZ women's Black Sticks remain upbeat despite suffering their first loss of the Olympics.

Black Sticks go Dutch for cash

Black Sticks

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One of New Zealand's best-funded team sports will be thrust under an Olympic-sized microscope tonight.

Black Sticks positive for Dutch clash

Shane McLeod

Mission possible. That’s the message men’s Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod is sending his side ahead of a pivotal clash with Holland.

Argentina a good measure

Black Sticks

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So, just how good are the Black Sticks women?

Black Sticks defeat India

Black Sticks

The men's Black Sticks have scored a much-needed 3-1 win over India.

Poor visibility blamed on early starts

Hockey ball

Australian coach Ric Charlesworth claims the problems with viewing the hockey ball on the synthetic blue turf could have been avoided.

Aussies 'cruelly hurt' in loss to NZ

Black Sticks

Aussie legend Ric Charlesworth believes the Hockeyroos were hard done by in their loss to the Black Sticks. Hager expects a scrap

Hager expects scrap against SA

Charlotte Harrison

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There were pats and slaps and sticks hoisted into the air and then there was Mark Hager's reaction.

Black Sticks meet early benchmark

Charlotte Harrison

The Black Sticks women have met their first target at the Olympics after winning the first two games of their Olympic campaign.

Black Sticks men lose opener

Black Sticks

It's not in coach Shane McLeod's character to roast his side and nothing changed after the Black Sticks men's defeat against Korea.

Black Sticks defeat Australia

Black Sticks

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager says he knew on the team's bus ride his players were about to produce the game of their lives.

Black Sticks facing 'do or die'

Mark Hager

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Hold onto your hats - the Black Sticks and the Hockeyroos are about to wage war in a potentially do or die women's hockey match.

Ferns, Sticks battle for respect

Black Sticks

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Elite women's sport is on a high in this country - and today the team battle to be New Zealand's Olympic golden girls begins.

Black Sticks target semifinals

Shane McLeod

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The Black Sticks believe they can punch above their world ranking and make the semifinals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament in London.

Demands overlap for couple

George Whitelock

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Black Sticks hockey captain Kayla Sharland might have an extra supporter in the stand next week if the Crusaders fail to win the Super Rugby title.

Sleep part of Black Sticks' strategy

Kayla Sharland

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Will the early birds get the worm? Kayla Sharland hopes so.

Black Sticks primed

Stacey Michelsen, Kayla Sharland and Emily Naylor

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Emily Naylor is rallying a young women's Black Sticks team to embrace hunger, not fear, ahead of their Olympic opener with Australia.

NZ dismiss spy claims

Kayla Sharland

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The Black Sticks have laughed off suggestions they have been spying on Australia.

Hockeyroos warm up for Kiwis

Emily Smith

Teenage Hockeyroos striker Emily Smith believes Australia have sent a message that they are not to be underestimated.

Losses for both NZ hockey teams

Olympic hockey venue

It comes as no surprise that coach Mark Hager fired a few well directed bullets at his beaten women's Black Sticks.

Black Sticks' Olympic prep starts

Black Sticks

Shane McLeod hopes the Black Sticks can take their Olympic Games preparation to the next level without having to worry about selection.

Inexperienced team for London

Black Sticks women

Mark Hager has named an inexperienced, but capable, women's Black Sticks squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Black Sticks stacked with experience

Black Sticks

New Zealand will take its most experienced Black Sticks men's hockey team ever to the London Olympic Games.

Black Sticks coy on Olympic chances

Dean Couzins

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The Black Sticks men are refusing to talk up their medal prospects despite victory in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament.

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