The chances of the Southern boys team repeating the success of the 2005 side are looking slim after the first two days of the national under-18 tournament in Dunedin.
Auckland midfielder Lulu Tuilotolava has been rewarded for an impressive debut with a spot in the Black Sticks' World Cup squad.
For the second week in arow, Kings United held on to the Challenge Shield by snatching victory with a last-minute goal.
Taieri perhaps made harder work of it than it expected, but it got the crucial win in the women’s premier hockey competition on Saturday.
Black Sticks captain Blair Tarrant is set make a welcome return to the turf during the tour of Japan and India next month.
After a break for Queen’s Birthday, teams were back at it on Saturday in the premier men’s competition.
Momona was looking to regain second place on Saturday, after going down to University A in the first round.
There will be a strong southern presence at the upcoming New Zealand under-21 hockey camps in Hawke's Bay with four Southern region players named in the latest squads.
The Black Sticks were the architects of their own demise with three critical defensive errors proving costly as Australia won the Tri-Nations final 3-1 in Cromwell yesterday.
University Blue Whales bounced back from their first loss last weekend to comfortably dispatch Taieri Tuataras 5-1 in the premier men’s competition on Saturday.
Competition leader City Highlanders held on to the shield with a 3-2 win, despite a late Taieri Tigers comeback in the feature match of the premier women’s competition on Saturday.
Australia bagged their third straight win over Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand in a week in Cromwell to win the tri-nations title today.
Harry Houdini would have been proud of the Black Sticks' effort to come back from two goals down with 10 minutes on the clock in Cromwell today.
Livewires Kelsey Smith and Anita McLaren powered the Black Sticks to a 4-1 win against Japan last night.