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NZ lose Champions Trophy opener

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/06/2016

New Zealand have been trounced 6-2 by the Netherlands in their opening game at the Champions Trophy women's hockey tournament in London.

Ranked No.1 in the world, the Dutch built an early two-goal lead before New Zealand responded with goals from Charlotte Harrison and Stacey Michelsen either side of halftime to equalise.

Netherlands ran away with the game in the final 20 minutes, slamming home four unanswered goals to secure top points on the table.

Skipper Maartje Paumen found the net four times, all from penalty corners, while Kelly Jonker scored twice.

"6-2 against New Zealand is a pretty good start to the tournament, so I am really happy," Paumen said afterwards.

"New Zealand are really good, strong, fast players. They are a really good opponents and we had to bring out our best today to win this game."

The Black Sticks must now regroup ahead of their next game against trans-Tasman rivals Australia early on Monday (NZT).

The world No.3 Australians were held to a 2-2 draw by seventh-ranked United States in their opening pool match.

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