31 Aug 2009

Black Sticks women win, men lose in Oceania Cup

8:03 am on 31 August 2009

The Black Sticks women have won themselves a place at next year's hockey World Cup but the men missed out at the Oceania Cup finals against Australian teams in Invercargill.

In the women's game, Australia scored first when a penalty corner was pushed home by Casey Eastham from a direct strike rebound, then went 2-0 up early in the second half with a well taken field goal finished by Megan Rivers.

For New Zealand, Clarissa Eshuis converted a drag flick penalty corner a minute later and then Kayla Sharland got the equaliser to tie the score at 2-2.

Australia lost Alison Bruce going into extra time for a bad tackle on Krystal Forgesson and went into golden goal extra time with only 10 players, but there was no addition to the score after 15 minutes.

Black Sticks Kate Mahon nailed the sudden death stroke decider for the women, giving them the win 6-5 (4-3 extra time).

The fifth-ranked Australians now head to Azerbaijan for one of three qualifying tournaments for their second chance of making the World Cup.

The New Zealand men's hockey team applied plenty of pressure in the second half of their Oceania Cup final against Australia but couldn't find the goals to win them guaranteed entry to next year's World Cup in New Delhi.

Australia won 3-1 in Invercargill.

Nick Wilson opened the scoring early in the game for the Black Sticks, but Luke Doerner and Grant Schubert both scored before half-time for the Australians a 2-1 lead at half-time.

A late chance from a short corner from Hayden Shaw went wide for New Zealand one minute from the whistle, and on full-time the Kookaburras' Jamie Dwyer converted a similar opportunity to claim the mens Oceania Cup and guaranteed entry to at the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi.

The Black Sticks men will go through a longer qualifying route via the six-team qualifying tournament.