19 Oct 2009

Still plenty to work on for women's hockey team

6:02 pm on 19 October 2009

The New Zealand women's hockey coach Mark Hager says it has been a good year, but the challenge is just beginning for his young side.

This morning the Black Sticks won the Champions Challenge tournament with a 2-1 victory over South Africa in the final in Cape Town.

The result qualifies them for the top-tier Champions Trophy tournament next year, while their recent win over Australia qualified them for next year's World Cup.

Hager says the good thing about their success is that they'll now be competing against the best teams in the world.