Region Games: Good win for ladies’ Black Sticks

Scoring six objectives in the primary round of a competition whenever is a respectable method to begin.

So the ladies’ Black Sticks will be content at having commenced their Commonwealth Games crusade with a 6-1 prevail upon Scotland on the Gold Coast.

Without a doubt the disillusioning viewpoint may be the ‘1’ in that scoreline.

The win additionally has world No 4 New Zealand at the highest point of gathering B, with no different matches in their pool until tomorrow. The players needed to adapt to substantial rain for part of the match.

There were two objectives each for Rose Keddell and Shiloh Gloyn, with the others originating from quick rising aggressor Kelsey Smith and protector Brooke Neal.

Scotland’s objective came in the last quarter, a very much worked diversion from a punishment corner, by Alison Howie.

The Scots, world positioned 19, weren’t required to genuinely undermine the Black Sticks, thus it demonstrated. Be that as it may, as an opening exercise it will have gotten a few crimps out of the New Zealand amusement.

The had 21 endeavors on objective, and scored from three of five punishment corners. Scotland scored from one of seven endeavors.

“It’s great to leave away with a win and score a couple of objectives,” Black Sticks mentor Mark Hager said.

“I thought in the main half we were better than average and clinical. At the point when the rain came we backed off and credit to Scotland they put more weight on us.”

Hager felt New Zealand endured not moving the ball as fast as they had in the primary half.

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“We got drained and settled on some poor choices.”

Next up for New Zealand is world No 30 Ghana tomorrow and Hager figures they’ll be superior to anything that positioning may propose.

“We’ve been watching a touch of film of Ghana. They’re very great and they can play hockey so we’ll must be on our amusement.”

New Zealand are seeded to make the last, with England world No 2. Hosts Australia are positioned No 5 and will hope to have a say in the competition at the sharp end.

The men’s Black Sticks additionally commence their battle tomorrow with a diversion against Canada.

That is relied upon to be a firm test. New Zealand are positioned No 9 on the planet, two spots in front of the Canadians.

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