9 Dec 2013

Black Sticks finish 5th in Argentina

5:43 pm on 9 December 2013

The New Zealand women's hockey team has finished fifth at the World League finals in Argentina.

In their last play-off match the Black Sticks beat China 1-0.

Captain Kayla Sharland scored the only goal midway through the second half.

The New Zealanders went into the tournament ranked fourth in the world.

The Netherlands thrashed Australia 5-1 in the final, denying the Hockeyroos their first global title in 10 years.