Thursday, February 18, 2010

Australians whip Kiwis

New Zealand stumbled to heavy losses in both men's and women's hockey tests against Australia in Perth last night.
The women went down 4-1, with Krystal Forgesson scoring New Zealand's only goal in the eighth minute. Australia controlled the game, scoring one field goal and three penalty corners to take the match and the series.
The New Zealanders lost the first test 2-3 and went scoreless in the second on yesterday to go down 0-2.
New Zealand women's coach Mark Hager said while the team showed improvement from the second test, they faded in the second half.
"The tour highlighted areas for continual improvement, and it has been a fantastic opportunity to develop the younger players in the women's squad," Hager said.
The New Zealand men's team were overwhelmed 1-7, with only Andy Hayward's 23rd penalty corner goal saving them from complete humiliation.
Australia scored five field goals and two penalty corners.
New Zealand men's coach Shane McLeod said the team struggled with the speed of the game and need to improve their skill level before Friday's second test. A friendly game against the development squad is scheduled for Saturday.