Rio Olympics 2016: Finally, success over the Aussies

Players from New Zealand celebrate after scoring against Australia during a women's field hockey quarter final match. Photo / AP
Players from New Zealand celebrate after scoring against Australia during a women's field hockey quarter final match. Photo / AP

The New Zealand women's hockey team's victory over Australia finally put a much needed tick in the win column over our transtasman rivals at the Rio Olympics.

Not only do Australia sit well ahead on the medal tally (22 totals medals compared to New Zealand's eight) but the big cousins across the ditch also dominate the head-to-head match-ups.

It began on day three when shooter Natalie Rooney was pipped by Aussie Catherine Skinner in the gold medal match. Rooney was a surprise finalist but gave up a two-shot lead in the final before losing by a single point.

New Zealand's second silver was won by the women's rugby sevens team were pipped by tournament favourites Australia 24-17.

The eventing team was beaten for bronze by Australia while the men's hockey side lost to Australia in pool play.

Luuka Jones did beat out Aussie Jessica Fox for the silver medal, only after Fox was penalised following a replay. In the rowing Emma Twigg finished fourth behind Aussie rival Kim Brennan who took the gold.

It's worth reminding New Zealand sports fans the latest edition of the Bledisloe Cup begins on Saturday night - a trophy the All Blacks have held since 2003.

Australia over New Zealand
Natalie Rooney - lost gold medal match to Catherine Skinner (Australia)
Women's sevens team - lost gold medal match to Australia
Men's hockey team - Lost pool match 2-1 to Australia
Eventing team - finished fourth behind bronze medallists Australia
Emma Twigg - fourth behind gold medallist Kim Brennan (Australia)

New Zealand over Australia
Luuka Jones - silver ahead of Jessica Fox (Australia)
Women's hockey team - Defeated Australia 402 in quarter-final

- NZ Herald

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