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Vodafone Cup
 5 - 7 Jul 2017

Miskolctapolca, Hungary

Published: 6th Jul 2017
In their first international of 2017, New Zealand has gone down to the United States of America 18-3 at the Vodafone Cup in Miskolc, Hungary.

All three Kiwi debutantes hit the water, including youngsters Bernadette Doyle and Emmerson Houghton who scored on debut.

The 2016 Olympic and 2017 World League champions USA were ahead 8-2 at half time in the opening match of the Vodafone Cup that got underway at 4:00am Thursday NZST.

“USA are strong” said head coach Angie Winstanley-Smith.

It’s New Zealand’s first game in an official capacity since the 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Gouda, the Netherlands.

“The USA have won an Olympic title and two World Leagues since we’ve had a game” she said.

Winstanley-Smith said there were lapses from New Zealand during the game where the USA managed to score the majority of their goals.

“We don’t have the high intensity for the top level yet, but that is why we are here. It’s a great opportunity to line up against multiple Olympic champions and that’s where you learn the most.”

The Kiwis last clashed with the USA in an official capacity at the FINA World Cup in Christchurch in 2010, where the score was in favour of the Americans 17-8.

“Today we have two lots of four minutes where we let in ten goals; the other three quarters we had so many positives. For so much of the game we weren’t far away. We will be watching back the video and looking to improve game by game.”

New Zealand next takes on Hungary, who will be defending a home pool.

“Playing Hungary in Hungary will be an awesome experience. They are looking strong and fast so we will again grow and improve.”

Hungary are coached by Attila Biro, who led the New Zealand women’s programme for the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, including a number of players in the 2017 side.

“It’ll be great to play against Attila’s team. We are lucky to have the opportunity to play at this level against the best three teams in the world to be able to learn and be ready for world champs.”


Vodafone Cup – Miskolc, Hungary


NZL: Jessica Milicich, Nicole Lewis, Kelly Mason, Ricci Ferigo, Alexandra Boyd, Bernadette Doyle (1), Emmerson Houghton (1), Caitlin Lopes da Silva (1), Emma Stoneman, Casie Bowry, Kirsten Hudson, Brydie Pye, Antonia Young. Coach: Angie Winstanley-Smith, Asst: Megan Thomson, Manager: Janet Masina.

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