17 Dec 2016

Black Sticks trounce Malaysia to win series

6:40 pm on 17 December 2016

The New Zealand women's hockey team have beaten Malaysia 5-2 in Taranaki to win their five match series with a game to spare.

Catherine Tinning beats Malaysia's Norazlin Sumantri in game two.

Catherine Tinning beats Malaysia's Norazlin Sumantri in game two. Photo: Photosport

Phoebe Steele, Kirsten Pearce, Erin Goad, Sam Harrison, Michaela Curtis all scored for the Black Sticks today in Stratford.

New Zealand won Monday's opening game 3-0 and the second match on Tuesday 2-0 before losing game three on Thursday 0-1.

The two teams play the fifth and final match of the series on Sunday.

Black Sticks assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was a pleasing way to follow up a poor performance.

"It was a good turnaround from the girls after Thursday's game, we were able to create a lot of opportunities and capitalised on five of those today," he said.

"We have set a solid benchmark and will look to build on that and finish with our best hockey in the final game tomorrow."

BLACK STICKS WOMEN 5: (Phoebe Steele, Kirsten Pearce, Rachel McCann, Samantha Harrison, Michaela Curtis)

MALAYSIA 2: (Surizan Awang Noh, Nuraini Rashid)

Halftime: Black Sticks 3-0

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