Australia outplay Black Sticks in final

Australia bagged their third straight win over Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand in a week in Cromwell to win the tri-nations title today.

World No 5 Australia won 4-1, which followed 4-1 and 3-0 wins in the round robin section of the tournament.

Australia played with real determination to compensate for the Games loss at the Gold Coast last month, while the fourth-ranked Black Sticks were shorn of a handful of experienced players for a range of reasons, injury and unavailability along with retirement.

Jodie Kenny gave Australia an eighth-minute lead with a penalty stroke but Sam Harrison equalised in the 19th minute, with a fine diving deflection off a penalty corner move.

Rosie Malone had the Aussies back in front right on halftime and Emily Hurtz increased the lead after scrappy defensive work from New Zealand.

Brooke Peris got the fourth goal on three-quarter time to make sure of the win.

Both teams are preparing, along with the third team at the tournament, Japan, for the World Cup in London in July.

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