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Wins for Black Sticks Men, Women in Poland

Black Sticks Men FIH Nations Cup hockey
The Black Sticks Men have won three straight at the FIH Nations Cup in Poland. PHOTO: FIH

The Black Sticks Men and Women have both recorded victories at the FIH Nations Cup in Poland.


The BSM side made it three wins from three matches, topping South Africa 2-1, while the BSW opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Chile at the Gniezno Hockey Stadium on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time).


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The 10th-ranked BSM remained perfect, qualified for the semifinals and locked up the top spot in Pool A with their eighth win in the last 10 matches against world No 15 South Africa.


Hugo Inglis got the scoring started in the 11th minute, with a field goal shortly after an unsuccessful penalty corner, before Sean Findlay was green-carded a minute later.


Neither team added to the score in the second quarter, and when South Africa lost Nicholas Spooner to a green card just after halftime, Scott Boyde made them pay, doubling New Zealand's lead with a field goal.


Matthew Guise-Brown got one back in the 34th minute, and both teams failed to convert several penalty corner chances.



In a match where scoring chances were at a premium, Jessie Anderson deflected in her first international goal in the third quarter from one of just two penalty corners earned by New Zealand.


In the two nations' first meeting at an international event since 2014, the 10th-ranked BSW defended three penalty corners from 15th-ranked Chile in the first half and did not concede any more.


The BSM face world No 12 South Korea in their final pool match on Tuesday (3.30am Wednesday NZT), while the BSW battle 11th-ranked Japan on Tuesday (11pm NZT).


NEW ZEALAND RESULTS


Black Sticks Men 2 (Hugo Inglis 11', Scott Boyde 32') South Africa 1 (Matthew Guise-Brown 34'). 1Q: 1-0, HT: 1-0, 3Q: 2-1


Black Sticks Women 1 (Jessie Anderson 39') Chile 0. 1Q:0-0 , HT: 0-0, 3Q: 1-0

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