Black Sticks men seal ninth place at Games

16:04, Aug 09 2012

The New Zealand men's hockey team have ended their disappointing Olympic campaign on a positive note with a 3-1 victory over Argentina in the playoff for ninth today.

The men's Black Sticks virtually put the game to bed with three first half goals - to Stephen Jenness, Nick Wilson and a penalty corner strike from Richard Petherick - though the only scoring in the second came from Argentina's Pedro Ibarra at a penalty corner.

The result couldn't mask what has been a below average tournament for the New Zealand side.

On the back of victory in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia, and with a hugely experienced side, the seventh-ranked Black Sticks were expected to fire more shots than they did in London.

But a victory over India, to go with two draws and two losses in pool play, was their only success before today's meaningless playoff match. They finish ninth of 12 teams.


Fairfax Media