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Black Sticks women defeat Australia to win Oceania Cup
New Zealand women's hockey side have won the third and final test match of the Oceania Cup 4-2 to clinch the series on goal difference. This is the first time that the Black Sticks women have won a three match test series against Australia.
The Black Sticks opened the scoring with a penalty corner variation conversion at the five minute mark by Charlotte Harrison.
In the 14th minute, Australia earned a penalty corner of their own and duly converted with a well executed drag flick into the roof of the net by Jodie Schultz.
Black Sticks captain Kayla Sharland scored a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle to give New Zealand the lead in the 20th minute. The remaining 15 minutes of the first half was end-to-end hockey with both teams searching for a way through the opposition defence.