Sunday, August 16, 2009


The Black Sticks concluded the five test series against Malaysia with a 2 - 1 win Taupo today.

New Zealand has taken out the series with three wins and two draws.

Hayden Shaw was first on the score board with a drag flick penalty corner in the 20th minute.

Phil Burrows took the keeper on one one one for the second NZ goal and Malaysia pulled one back in the latter stages of the first half through a field goal through Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abd Jalil.

Ryan Archibland made a superb stick save on an attacking Malaysian penalty corner in the second half to keep the Black Sticks in the lead.

The New Zealanders came away with the win but probably should have converted more chances.

Standouts were Casey Henwood in the midfield, defenders Hayden Shaw, Dean Couzins and Blair Hopping and Nick Haig up front.