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HOCKEYROOS WIN HAWKE’S BAY CUP!

By | April 20, 2015

HOCKEYROOS WIN THE HAWKE’S BAY CUP IN THRILLING FINAL!

A goal in the dying seconds has given Australia a 3-2 win over the Black Sticks Women to take out the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings.

The lead swapped constantly during the match and the result was sealed in the 60th minute when Australia scored after the Black Sticks defence failed to clear a penalty corner.

Black Sticks striker Gemma Flynn brought the large crowd to their feet in just the first minute of the match when she slotted home from the field.

The game came alight in the third quarter when three goals were scored in the space of three minutes.

Emily Smith brought Australia level when she scored from a penalty corner and shortly after Australia hit the front for the first time when Brooke Peris found herself unmarked in front of goal and made no mistake from two metres out.

The Black Sticks mounted a number of promising runs and Olivia Merry brought the match level again when she smashed the ball home from a goal mouth scramble.

The game was decided with less than a minute left on the clock when Jodie Kenny scored from a penalty corner.

Black Sticks head coach Mark Hager was extremely disappointed with the result but proud of his side’s effort.

“We got a goal up early and I think we were on top for the majority of the match. We created plenty of scoring opportunities but we must learn to be tougher defensively,” he said.

“To let Australia score on the stroke of fulltime is absolutely heartbreaking for the girls. They have worked so hard over the last few weeks and this is not the way we wanted to end the tournament.”

Tonight’s game was captain Anita Punt’s 200th test for New Zealand.

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