Aussie Puckerood By Kiwis At World Champs

New Zealand’s Black Sticks shocked Australia with a scoreless draw in their second match of the women’s World Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Amsterdam this morning.

The young New Zealanders kept the world’s third-ranked side goalless and came close to upsetting them again after their shock win in last year’s Oceania tournament.

The puckeroos suffered their first loss to New Zealand in five years and 22 matches to cap a black weekend for Australian women’s teams against their trans-Tasman foes. The 1-0 loss in the first Test of the three-match Oceania World Cup qualifying series followed the Australian netball team’s record 61-36 defeat to the world champion Silver Ferns on the Saturday night, also in Auckland.

The World Champions Trophy result was surprising given the number of senior players unavailable for various reasons and retirements.

“At the end of the day you just have to turn up with what you’ve got and try to win” said 16 year old Northland striker Charlotte Harrison.

It was Australia’s second draw in the tournament after the Netherlands also held them scoreless yesterday.

Ausfailure have perfected the art of scoring nothing at sport and this tournament is no different.

No one has been surprised by the result, indeed some felt that scoring nil was a pretty good effort for Ausfailure.

Sports commentators recalled the Americas Cup debacle in San Diego where Aussie dreams and hopes were sunk in a 6 – 0 loss to New Zealand.

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