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Michelsen provides class for Black Sticks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017

Veteran Black Sticks midfielder Stacey Michelsen likes what she sees from her young team-mates following a second straight drubbing of India.

Michelsen scored a hat-trick in New Zealand's 8-2 dismantling of the 12th-ranked tourists in Pukekohe on Tuesday, doubling their 4-1 result from the first Test.

Michelsen missed the opening match with injury but enjoyed being part of a free-flowing performance from a world No.5 ranked side who are rebuilding under coach Mark Hager.

"I thought we moved the ball around very well, and the girls chose all the right options in the attacking circle to allow us to beat the goalkeeper," she said.

"We did lapse a bit in the third quarter but it was pleasing to come back in the fourth quarter and put four more away.

"I'm really happy to see how the new girls in particular have stepped up and we are all training well together which really makes a difference come game time."

Double Olympian Michelsen is an obvious player to build the Black Sticks around over the next four years.

Equally adept on defence and attack, she outlined her versatility with three different types of goal against the Indians.

The first was a tap-in courtesy of adroit positioning; the second a crushing driver from the top of the circle and the third a neat flick into the top of the net.

Forward Sam Harrison snared a double, including the opener in the third minute.

Four goals came in the last eight minutes, with Madison Doar and Steph Dickins both registering the first goals for their country. The other went to Kirsten Pearce.

India's goals came either side of the three-quarter mark, through Lilima Minz and Anupa Barla.

The third Test is in Pukekohe on Wednesday before the series shifts to Hamilton for the two final games.

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