Series loss to India will help Black Sticks prepare for Oceania Cup

updated By Rahia Timutimu
  • South Island

India has won the four-test men's hockey series against New Zealand, after a 1-1 draw in the final test in Christchurch.

It was a display of determination and luck for India, who came back to take the series after losing the first match in Nelson on Tuesday.

For the Black Sticks, despite a more aggressive attitude, both teams found it hard to break the defence to score at Marist Park.

The intensity of the match showed when Brad Shaw slid into India's Sunil Sowmarpet, Shaw was given a yellow card and 10 minutes on the side-lines, India however, couldn’t make their extra man count.

In the first half no goals were scored, it took 40 minutes for Nick Ross to score the first goal of the match, to get New Zealand ahead.

However that lead didn’t last for long, the visitors were back just minutes later to level the scores. Despite NZ attacking India’s line, they couldn’t break the visitor’s defence, to draw the final match 1 all and for India to win the series.

Black Stick’s head coach Colin Batch says, “We did pretty well, I was very happy with large elements of the game but unfortunately we couldn't quite finish."

Batch mentioned that this series helped prepare his Black Sticks side as they prepare for the Oceania Cup held in Stratford later this month.

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