Hockey: Black Sticks win in Wellington

The Black Sticks women's hockey team have won 4-1 in their fifth match against India in Wellington tonight.

Black Sticks' coach Mark Hager asked for a strong start from his side, and he got it.

Within the first two minutes Aniwaka Roberts made a break, passing to Charlotte Harrison who found Katie Glynn in the circle who knocked it straight in.

Glynn scored her second of the game from a penalty corner, giving the Kiwis a 2-0 half time lead.

The second half saw goals from Anita Punt and Michaela Curtis, and India's Kaur Jaspreet scored in the 56th minute.

"We started really well tonight, but at times we lacked discipline and focus on what the game plan was and this led to the ball being turned over too much,'' Hager said.

"We're a young group and tournaments like this help players learn how to cope under pressure.''

The Black Sticks have won four and drawn one match in the series so far.

The final game is tomorrow night at 6pm at the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington.

- APNZ

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