Junior Black Sticks need to beat Aussies

Last updated 08:34 29/07/2013

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The Junior Black Sticks women must beat Australia in their final pool game tomorrow at the World Cup to have any chance of making the quarter-finals.

New Zealand lost 2-0 against India last night in their second game of the Junior World Cup hockey tournament in Monchengladbach, Germany. 

In what was a hotly contested game, the New Zealanders were hoping to secure a second win after beating Russia 10-0 in their opener.

In last night's game, the two evenly-matched opponents did not give each other much room, and scenes in front of the goal were few and far between. The first 35 minutes had both sides cancel each other out, but the encounter intensified towards the end of the first half, and even further after the re-start.

A barrage of yellow cards meant much of the second half was played with at least one of the two teams a player short, but neither team could make a difference when the other was a player down.

India ended up the better-off with two second half goals as Manjit Kaur sunk the first from a crowded circle and Vandana Katariya doubled the lead a few minutes later with a brilliant reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle.

The Junior Black Sticks could not come back and the clock ticked down to give India the victory. 

New Zealand and India are now on equal points with Australia sitting at the top of the table after beating Russia 6-0 overnight. India remain in quarter-final contention and will face Russia tomorrow.

The Junior Black Sticks are part of the Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme which offers international competition, training camps and quality coaching experience to the next generation of Black Sticks.

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