Black Sticks men to play for Commmonwealth Games gold

5:33 am on 14 April 2018

The New Zealand men's hockey team will play for a Commonwealth Games gold medal after an upset win over India 3-2 tonight.

New Zealand's Hugo Inglis celebrates a goal. New Zealand Black Sticks Mens Hockey v India, Semi Final. Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia. Friday 13 April, 2018. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /

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The Black Sticks men scored two goals in the first quarter, before India scored in the second period to cut New Zealand's lead to 2-1 at half-time.

The Black Sticks extended their advantage to 3-1 in the third quarter but India pulled one back in the final period to make for a nervy finish for the New Zealanders.

They will meet Australiai the final after the defending champions beat England 2-1.

Head coach Darren Smith was thrilled with his side's performance with a medal now guaranteed.

"For most of the game we had a two goal lead which is really pleasing. India put us under pressure, especially in the third quarter but I thought we handled it really well and then scored again," he said.

"India came at us strongly but they were down by two and had nothing to lose. I'm really impressed with the way we absorbed everything they threw at us.

"We would love another crack at Aussie in front of their home crowd, it's always a tough battle and we love the challenge."

Smith picked out Richard Joyce and Shea McAleese as his best players.

"I thought we defended well, we were determined and sometimes games go your way and I'm glad that one did."