NZ men thumped

Nelson Mail - - SPORT -

Jeremy Hay­ward scored two goals to help the Kook­abur­ras de­feat New Zealand 5-1 and book a spot in the Ocea­nia Cup hockey fi­nal. Hay­ward con­verted two set pieces on Thurs­day night in the first and third quar­ters, sand­wich­ing an op­por­tunis­tic goal by Jake Whet­ton in Syd­ney. Tom Craig made it a four-goal lead with a long-range bomb in the fi­nal pe­riod, be­fore Dy­lan Wother­spoon sealed the win late in the match. Daniel Har­ris scored the lone goal for the Black Sticks, who must beat Pa­pua New Guinea to­day to ad­vance to the fi­nal. The Kook­abur­ras have won all nine pre­vi­ous Ocea­nia Cup ti­tles since its in­cep­tion in 1999.

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