Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Women’s Four Nations Tourney: Marauding New Zealand spank Canada, meet Ireland in final




New Zealand women’s hockey team continued their marauding ways, drubbing 22nd ranked Canada 7-0 to set up a final date with Ireland in the Women’s Four Nations Hockey Tournament being played in Dublin. The 15th ranked Irish eves sealed their final berth after a scraping through with a solitary goal win over 20th ranked Chile.

Earlier, New Zealand – ranked fourth in the world – had spanked Ireland 9-2 and Chile 10-0 in their first two games to wrap up their league phase on a high, rattling up a whopping 26 goals in three games. Ireland after a 2-9 drubbing at the hands of Black Sticks in their tournament opener, redeemed themselves easing past Canada 5-0 in their second game.

Chile had chalked up their only win against Canada – with a 2-0 margin. Canada, who are winless in the competition, will again face Chile for the third place play-off tie.

New Zealand looks an overwhelming favourite going into the final against Ireland, who can best hope to avoid a morale-pounding defeat or give their opponents a run for their money.

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