20 Jul 2011

Black Sticks lose to Netherlands again

1:20 pm on 20 July 2011

New Zealand men's hockey team has lost its second friendly in the Netherlands, going down 4-2 to the world number threes in Amstelveen.

It was a much improved performance after Monday night's 4-0 defeat with goals from Phil Burrows and Matt L'Huillier.

But the Black Sticks still squandered good scoring chances in the circle and the Dutch led 2-1 at half-time before L'Huillier equalised in the first minute of the second half.

Coach Shane McLeod says although it was a much improved performance they want to be more consistent against the Netherlands.