Thumping Australia 4-0 in the final hockey game of a transtasman test series has left a lasting smile on Lynne Dickie’s face.
Dickie, of Lumsden, was part of the New Zealand Masters over-55 team which beat Australia 2-1 in the three-match series on the Gold Coast last week.
It was a tight tussle between the two sides but New Zealand’s perseverance paid off.
“I always knew we could do it, but to win by 4-0 in that final game was amazing,” Dickie said.
New Zealand won the first game of the series but Australia came back to take the second test.
The pressure was on when it came to the final, she said.
“Nobody wants to lose to Aussie.
“It was very tight and there was some great hard pressure hockey played.
“We had the buffer the whole game and we just did not want to let them in at all,” she said.
Former New Zealand Black Stick Christine Arthur coached and played in the team.
“It’s been quite the privilege and a real thrill to be involved playing the modern game with her.
“We were the only team with a player-coach and it worked really well for us.”
The competition involved 14 New Zealand and 14 Australian teams aged 35years and older.
Dickie was part of the leadership group of her team, which had not trained together before arriving in the Gold Coast.
“We spent time analysing everybody’s strengths, working with the whiteboard on tactics before hitting the turf.”
The competition was the 10th time Dickie had represented New Zealand in masters hockey.
She had competed at both the Masters World Cup and Transtasman test series, which were played in alternate years.
It was important to her to pass on the knowledge from these competitions to her Mataura hockey club.
“I just think it’s really important to bring back to your local clubs with the snippets of new skills of the modern games that you learn while you’re involved,” she said.
She lived and breathed hockey and planned to attend the world cup again next year.