It may have flown under the radar somewhat but New Zealand has racked up a very disappointing year in the inaugural FIH Pro league.
There was a demoralising loss and a commanding win for the Blacks Sticks teams in their latest games in the FIH Pro league yesterday.
Momona A defeated University Huskies 3-1 in a fast-paced game on Saturday to win the women's Challenge Shield.
As the second half of the premier hockey competitions starts, women's leader Momona would have expected an easier time against last-placed University B.
Otago Polytechnic and Otago Hockey have announced a scholarship agreement which they hope will support students' academic and sporting aspirations.
University A had a narrow 1-0 win over City Highlanders in the feature match of women's club hockey during the weekend.
The challenge shield changed hands for the fifth time in eight weeks on Saturday as the Dunedin men's premier hockey compeitition continues to surprise, with Taieri winning easily.
In a women's catch-up match last night, Taieri gained some much-needed points with a 5-0 win over a struggling and somewhat depleted University B.
In the only match on yesterday's catch-up day for the men, the Albany Alligators edged University A 3-2.
With the competition being affected by the national under 21s tournament last week, fewer games were played in local premier hockey during the last two weekends.
Southern women suffered a fifth consecutive defeat at the under-21 nationals in North Harbour yesterday.
Southern men stormed to a 5-0 win against Central at the under-21 nationals in North Harbour yesterday.