Thursday, August 13, 2009


The Black Sticks Men downed Malaysia 3- 0 tonight in Napier in the third test of their five test preparation for the Oceania Cup in 10 days time.

Simon Child opened the scoring with a well taken field goal in the 14th minute.

New Zealand's next goal did not come until the second half when Hayden Shaw nailed a penalty corner drag flick into the left hand corner.

The Black Sticks' final goal came with seven minutes to go when local boy Shea McAleese finished off some nice buildup work by Ryan Archibald and Nick Haig.

Overall the New Zealanders weremore patient on the ball than the Malaysians who showed pace but less control than the Black Sticks, each looking to cement his place in the team for the Oceania Cup in Invercargill from 25 August. Standouts included Kyle Pontifex, Blair Hopping and Simon Child.

The next test is in Napier again, tomorrow night.