FIH Pro League 2020: New Zealand also had a mixed day against Great Britain winning the men’s game in penalty shootout while losing the women’s game against the visitors. North Harbour Hockey Stadium in Auckland was witness to some good hockey as both New Zealand and great Britain took to the field with igh hopes of earning full points from their games. While the visiting Briton women did, the men lost an exciting penalty shoot out battle.
New Zealand’s men got the better of Great Britain in a closely fought encounter by winning a bonus point thanks to a shoot-out victory after the two sides finished with the scores locked together at 1-1. A fine backhand strike from Stephen Jenness put the Black Sticks ahead in the third quarter of the match, with Great Britain eventually restoring parity thanks to Christopher Griffiths’ composed, flicked finish four minutes from the end.
With both teams taking a point for the draw, it was New Zealand who took the bonus point courtesy of an excellent goalkeeping performance from Player of the Match Richard Joyce, who only conceded once as the Black Sticks emerged 3-1 winners in the one-on-ones.
Great Britain women produced a stellar performance against hosts New Zealand, scoring three times without reply to claim its first win of the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League. Tessa Howard opened the scoring nine minutes into the match with a finish from close range, with Charlotte Watson’s emphatic penalty stroke doubling GB’s advantage in the second quarter.
The Black Sticks rallied in the third quarter but failed to find the goal that they so desperately needed before Player of the Match Shona McCallin put the result beyond all doubt, sliding in to score GB’s third goal to give Mark Hager an impressive 3-0 away victory over his former side.