New Zealand has suffered a third defeat in the Vodafone Cup in Miskolc,
Hungary. The Kiwis went down to the Aussie Stingers 4-16 in the early hours
of Saturday morning NZST.
Whilst New Zealand achieved what it set out to do and improved throughout
the tournament, they took a step back in some areas of their game against
Australia said captain Alexandra Boyd.
“It was a tough game. We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t take
New Zealand scored less of its extra man attempts than it did against
“Our six-on-five conversion has been good in other games, but it was not as
strong today and is something we will be working on.”
Goalkeeper Jessica Milicich contributed eight saves, stopping a third of
Australia’s attempts at goal. Caitlin Lopes da Silva scored three goals,
whilst Kelly Mason had the final say in front of goal for the game for the
final score of 4-16.
The last time New Zealand clashed with Australia the difference was eight
in Auckland, today the difference was twelve in Miskolctapolca.
New Zealand now look ahead to the FINA World Championships where they meet
Spain in their opening match in group play in eight days.
“For the next week we will keep working on our discipline which will help
us convert our opportunities, and we’ll continue to develop and get better
every game” said Boyd.
The Kiwis head south to Dunaujvaros where they'll train over the next week
with Japan, France, South Africa, and the Hungarian Universiade team in
their final preparation before Budapest.
NEW ZEALAND 4 vs. AUSTRALIA 16
(1-5, 0-4, 2-3, 1-4)
Vodafone Cup – Miskolc, Hungary
NZL: Jessica Milicich, Nicole Lewis, Kelly Mason (1), Ricci Ferigo,
Alexandra Boyd, Bernadette Doyle, Emmerson Houghton, Caitlin Lopes da Silva
(3), Emma Stoneman, Casie Bowry, Kirsten Hudson, Brydie Pye, Antonia Young.
Coach: Angie Winstanley-Smith, Asst: Megan Thomson, Manager: Janet Masina