21 Jun 2015

Black Sticks crush Poland

6:26 pm on 21 June 2015

The New Zealand women's hockey team have crushing Poland 12-0 in pool play at the World League semi-finals in Belgium.

After leading 5-0 at halftime, the Black Sticks turned the pressure up even more and ran rampant with a further seven goals in the second half.

Striker Gemma Flynn scored a four goal haul while captain Anita Punt and Olivia Merry both scored doubles.

Black Stick Gemma Flynn in action.

Black Stick Gemma Flynn in action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Coach Mark Hager was pleased with the way his side opened their tournament ahead of tougher competition.

"That was a win we had to get under the belt and I thought we were quite clinical in some areas so it's a pleasing result," he said.

"I thought Gemma was fantastic. Along with her four goals, she also set up a lot of chances for others and was really on top of her game."

Flynn gave credit for the win to her team-mates and said everyone really stepped up.

"It was a good team effort, we don't care who puts the ball in as long as it's in the net.

"We've been waiting for this tournament all year so it's exciting to be here and good to come away with a good result in our first game."

The Black Sticks now have a two day rest period before their next clash against India at midnight on Tuesday (NZ time).

A top four finish at the World League Semi-Final would earn the Kiwis a spot at the World League Final at the end of the year, while the tournament also doubles as an opportunity to qualify for Rio with a top three placing securing an automatic berth.

BLACK STICKS 12: (Gemma Flynn 4, Anita Punt 2, Olivia Merry 2, Rose Keddell, Petrea Webster, Kirsten Pearce, Liz Thompson)


Halftime: Black Sticks 5-0