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
“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
“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.”
NEW ZEALAND 3 vs. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 18
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.