Hockey: Black Sticks on a Merry dance after beating Mark Hager's Great Britain

Olivia Merry celebrates with the women's Black Sticks.
Olivia Merry celebrates with the women's Black Sticks. Photo credit: Photosport

Olivia Merry was the hat-trick hero for the women's Black Sticks who thumped Mark Hager's Great Britain side 5-1 in their International Hockey Federation [FIH] Pro League match in Christchurch.

On Friday, the home team lifted against the British side, which now has former NZ coach Hager in charge.

The fixture was Hager's first game in charge of Great Britain since his departure from the Black Sticks last month.

After two 1-0 defeats to the Netherlands and Belgium to open their Pro League campaign, New Zealand was desperate to get a win and break their goal-scoring drought, and they did both in style.

Merry scored their first goal in the global tournament, to get them off to a flying start.

She added a brilliant second after half-time and added a third from a penalty corner, and Amy Robinson slotted their final goal to cap an emphatic performance.

The Black Sticks defence also stood up to a number of British raids.

The news wasn't so good for the men's Black Sticks after they remain winless after copping a 6-2 hiding from Great Britain in the curtain-raiser.

Both teams are back in action next Friday with games against Germany in Christchurch.