10 Oct 2011

Black Sticks women to take well deserved break

9:13 am on 10 October 2011

The New Zealand women's hockey team will head into January's Champions Trophy in Argentina full of confidence after recording their third consecutive Oceania Cup victory over Australia.

The Black Sticks 4-2 win over the Hockeyroos in the third and final test in Hobart was enough to clinch the series on aggregate after the New Zealanders lost the the first match 2-1 and drew the second test 3-all.

The Black Sticks will now take a well deserved break before turning their attention to January's Champions Trophy as they begin their build up for next year's London Olympics and goal keeper Sally Rutherford says there's still plenty of room for improvement.

The Black Sticks men however were unable to replicate the feats of the women in their third and final test going down 6-1 to the world number one ranked Australians, losing the Oceania Cup in the process.

It was a disappointing result for the New Zealand men, who only needed to lose by less than three goals in the final match to claim the series.