5 Dec 2014

Black Sticks reach Champions Trophy semis

3:04 pm on 5 December 2014

The New Zealand women's hockey team have reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after beating England 3-1 in their quarter-final in Mendoza, Argentina.

Stacey Michelsen

Stacey Michelsen Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After finishing top of their group, the Black Sticks hit the front early with Rose Keddell scoring early from a penalty corner, but England struck back from their own set piece two minutes later.

Anita Punt made it 2-1 before half-time and Stacey Michelsen's goal at the start of the fourth quarter put the result beyond doubt.

New Zealand will play Australia in their semi on Sunday, the Hockeyroos thumping Japan 4-1 this morning.

The Dutch edged Germany 1-0 and will play Argentina, who thrashed China 7-2.