Black Sticks trounce Ireland in Games warmup

23:27, Jul 12 2014
Anita Punt
IN CONTROL: Anita Punt, right, is challenged by Ireland's Nicola Daly during the Black Sticks' 9-2 win in Dublin.

The New Zealand women's hockey team has hammered hosts Ireland 9-2 in their opening game of the Four Nations tournament in Dublin.

The Kiwis applied pressure on Ireland's midfield and defence and showed good speed on attack as they racked up six first half goals.

Petrea Webster, Anita Punt, Sophie Cocks and Krystal Forgesson each notched goals from penalty corners in the first half and there were field goals from Gemma Flynn and Punt.

New Zealand were simply too strong for the 15th-ranked side and Canterbury's Olivia Merry found the backboard twice in the second half, converting a penalty corner and then 12 minutes later scoring from open play. The final goal came from Flynn, scoring her second field goal.

The Commonwealth Games warmup tournament also includes Chile and Canada.

New Zealand play Chile at midnight tonight (NZ time) before playing Canada on Wednesday morning. The final is on Thursday.

New Zealand 9 (Anita Punt 2, Olivia Merry 2,  Gemma Flynn 2, Krystal Forgesson, Petrea Webster, Sophie Cocks) Ireland 2 (Megan Frazer, Cliodhna Sargent). HT: 6-1.

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