Black Sticks women defeat Great Britain 1-0

Last updated 13:45 15/02/2014

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The Black Sticks Women have beaten Great Britain 1-0 in their first win of the three nations tournament in San Diego.

A goal from Canterbury's Olivia Merry in the first half of today's game was enough to give the Kiwis the win in their third match of the tournament.

The Black Sticks were expecting a tough game with all of Great Britain's key players on the field in their last test match before heading home.

An intense first half of open attacking play culminated in Merry's goal with a deflection in front of the goalkeeper just two minutes before half time

A push from Great Britain towards the end of the game saw them awarded a penalty corner on the final whistle, but the Kiwi defence was strong enough to hold on and take the win.

Black Stick Sam Charlton said even though they didn't score again, it was really pleasing to hold their 1-0 lead in the game.

"We continued to chase and harass and that resulted in lots of turnover in the centre of the field which helped our performance and secured the win."

The last time the Black Sticks Women won an official test against England was in October 2010 - a  4-1 win at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The Black Sticks play USA tomorrow at 11am (NZ time) before playing their final game of the tournament against the home side at 9.30am on Tuesday (NZ time).

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- Fairfax Media

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