Black Sticks pummel India in series-opener

Last updated 18:14 08/12/2012

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Anthony Joshua says Joseph Parker's talk is cheap after Kiwi calls out English rival Southland cyclists Bradly Knipe and Emma Cumming smash NZ under-19 track cycling championships records Coast to Coast men's longest day race tough to pick New Zealand baseball Diamondblacks nurture Jason Mathews through to world stage St Peter's College teacher Claire Walton won't let injury hold her back Peter Burling and Blair Tuke start defence of world 49er championship with win in Miami Steeplechaser Flanagan chooses Oz meet over NZ nationals Blockhouse Bay long jumper eyeing sand pit for Rio 2016 Proud to Play NZ to be the first homegrown Kiwi rainbow sports tournament Mark Hunt won't fear Frank Mir in UFC battle

The women's Black Sticks have begun a six-test series against India in style, winning 7-2 in Napier today.

A hat-trick from Olympian Katie Glynn and two goals from debutant Olivia Merry spearheaded the victory. 

Coach Mark Hager said he was pleased with the scoreline but will look for more from his group.

"It's definitely good to start the series with a nice comfortable win. There were some really well taken goals, but it is a new group of players so parts of the game were a bit scratchy," Hager said.

There were seven debutants in the new look Black Sticks - with Sian Fremaux, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Olivia Merry, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts and Jenny Storey all taking to the turf. 

Unfortunately, Reid had to leave the field after only ten minutes after a knock to the leg meant she needed five stitches. 

India scored first, but by halftime the Black Sticks were up 3-1 with goals from Julia King, Olivia Merry and then Katie Glynn. 

The Kiwis, captained by Stacey Michelsen, were firing on all cylinders at the start of the second half.

Two goals from Glynn helped them gain a further lead, and although India pegged one back, Anita Punt found the back of the net and then Merry got her second goal of the game in the 63rd minute. 

The Black Sticks play their next game against India tomorrow in Napier at 3pm, before travelling to Palmerston North to play on the December 11 and 12. 

The final two games will be in Wellington on December 14 and 15 at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content