Black Sticks victorious



The New Zealand women's Vantage Black Sticks team took on India at Rosa Birch Park on Sunday. 
About a thousand hockey enthusiasts gathered around Counties Manukau Hockey's number two field to watch an exciting game of hockey.
The Vantage Black Sticks scored the first two goals and it was 2-0 at half time. They enjoyed most of the possession in the first two quarters of the match but India played a very good defensive game.
Two minutes into the third quarter India scored a run away goal and the tide turned a little. The Black Sticks were a little guilty of ball watching as India had much of the possession.
A goal, a little against the play, from the Black Sticks restored their focus.
India passed back to their full back and Pukekohe's Deanna Ritchie put real pressure on to force a mistake right in front on her goal. She converted and the final score was 4-1 to New Zealand.
Goal scorers for the Black Sticks were; Jordan Grant, Olivia Merry, Rachel McCann and Deanna Ritchie, for India Anupa Barla found the back of the net.
It is not often that international hockey is played on our doorstep so why not go along and watch the girls in action. 
There are two more games at Rosa Birch Park in Pukekohe starting at 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week. 
Caption Black Sticks, Olivia Merry (4) on her way to score for New Zealand. 
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