Black Sticks pummel India in series-opener

Last updated 18:14 08/12/2012

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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.

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