In an another goal fest, Great Britain’s men’s hockey team breezed past New Zealand 6-2 in their FIH Pro League encounter at Christchurch.
Sam Ward’s hat-trick highlighted on a day when New Zealand could not produce comebacks like they did in their 2 previous games against Belgium and Netherlands.
The match started on a cautious note and both the teams were goalless in the first period, though it did some eventful action as the Black Sticks were reduced to 10 men on 2 occasions with Arun Panchia and Chris Griffiths getting Green Card in the space of 3 minutes of each other.
The second quarter more than made it up for the first quarter as the Britons went on a rampage, making full use of the Penalty Corners they earned. Sam Ward, Phil Roper and captain Adam Dixon made it 3-0 by the end of the 2nd quarter. The quarter saw Great Britain in prime with as many as 13 circle entries.
Sam Ward, Phil Roper were having a field day and slammed home another one 3 minutes and 10 minutes in to the 3rd quarter respectively. The Black Sticks, though did pull back a couple of goals in successive minutes towards the end of the quarter. It was Nic Woods who first converted a Penalty Corner and the next minute it was Hugo Inglis who made it 5-2 to give the New Zealand fans a glimmer of hope at the Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium in Christchurch.
The New Zealand team went all-out in the last quarter but couldn’t garner anything out of their 9 circle entries and 2 Penalty corners, instead it was Sam Ward who completed his hat-trick with a field goal to make it 6-2 and took the game beyond New Zealand’s reach.
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