8 Apr 2015

NZ women's hockey team edges Argentina

12:54 pm on 8 April 2015

The Black Sticks Women have beaten Argentina 1-0 in the first ever hockey international to be held in Gisborne.

The Black Sticks women celebrate a goal.

The Black Sticks women celebrate a goal. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Striker Olivia Merry broke the deadlock in the 47th minute after deflecting a ball from Petrea Webster into the goal.

Both sides started slowly, but the Black Sticks gained momentum as time wore on and controlled the second quarter earning two penalty corners.

The second half belonged to the Kiwis, who created plenty of chances on attack while starving Argentina of any chances inside the Black Sticks red zone.

Head coach Mark Hager said the result was pleasing, but there was still plenty to improve on as a team.

"We had a lot more goal scoring opportunities than them today but we couldn't put them away, and that's something we need to do better with," he said.

"We're looking to improve as we go forward towards the Hawke's Bay Cup and then of course World League Round 3 which is the most important one for us."

Playing in her 100th test for New Zealand, Webster said the result was a great way to bring up her milestone.

"We were quite aggressive and went forward with the ball, they had very few chances and a clean sheet for us is awesome. It's helpful to be hitting form now and hopefully we can build on it," she said.

The Black Sticks face a rematch against Argentina at 3:30pm tomorrow in Gisborne.

Both sides then head south to Hastings to compete at the Hawke's Bay Cup which starts this weekend.