17 May 2017

Black Sticks nab second win over India

6:11 am on 17 May 2017

The New Zealand women's hockey team have secured one of their biggest ever wins over India with an crushing 8-2 victory in the second test in Pukekohe.

Black Stick Stacey Michelsen

Black Stick Stacey Michelsen Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The team had a 4-1 win on Sunday but they topped their performance last night scoring eight goals to India's two.

The Black Sticks led 3-0 at half time before scoring another five goals in the second half - four of them coming in the final nine minutes.

Stacey Michelsen scored a hat-trick in her first game back on the pitch after returning from injury, and Samantha Harrison picked up a double.

Michelsen said it was a pleasing way to return to the turf with the team.

"I thought we moved the ball around very well, and the girls chose all the right options in the attacking circle to allow us to beat the goalkeeper," she said.

"We did lapse a bit in the third quarter but it was pleasing to come back in the fourth quarter and put four more away.

"I'm really happy to see how the new girls in particular have stepped up and we are all training well together which really makes a difference come game time."

The Black Sticks will play India in the third of the five match series tonight at 7pm.