5 May 2014

Black Sticks finish fifth at Champions Challenge

11:39 am on 5 May 2014

The New Zealand men's hockey team outclassed France 6-3 to finish fifth at the Champions Challenge in Malaysia.

It was a controlled effort from the Black Sticks in the fifth/sixth playoff, who once again kept on top of their opposition from start to finish.

Simon Child celebrated his 200th Test with a strong performance and added to his impressive goal tally at the tournament.

The Black Sticks led 3-1 at half-time with goals from Child, Stephen Jenness and Phil Burrows and continued their momentum after the break.

Alex Shaw and Jared Panchia both increased New Zealand's lead to 5-1 before France scored two quick goals inside the final 15 minutes.

The Black Sticks were swift to respond though with Hugo Inglis sealing the game with a field goal in the final minute.

The Black Sticks now head home to train before the naming of the team to compete at the Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands, which starts at the end of the month.