14 Dec 2016

Black Sticks Women seal game two against Malaysia

6:28 am on 14 December 2016

The New Zealand women's hockey team have beaten Malaysia 2-0 in game two of their five test series in Stratford.

The Black Sticks followed up Monday's opening 3-0 victory with another clean sheet thanks to goals from Michaela Curtis and Catherine Tinning.

New Zealand hockey player Stacey Michelsen celebrates a goal against Australia in 2014 with Michaela Curtis.

Michaela Curtis celebrates a goal. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

New Zealand led 1-0 at half-time.

Alia Jaques, Megan Hull, Deanna Ritchie and Jess Anderson all made their Black Sticks debut.

Black Sticks assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was pleasing to record another win against an improved Malaysia side.

"Tonight was another good win for us, we dominated the first half and created a lot of good scoring opportunities so we need to work on putting more of those into the goal," he said.

"Malaysia played well, particularly in the second half but to our girls' credit we fought hard and pressed well which is what led to the second goal. We finished well with lots of energy."

Both sides have a rest day tomorrow before game three on Thursday night at the same venue, where the Black Sticks can seal a series victory.