Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

1. Australia (gold/green) vs. New Zealand (black)

Australia may have won over New Zealand 3-1 in their Round Robin match but in the final, the Black Sticks turned the tables on the Kookaburras when they out-shot the Aussies by 3 to 1 in the penalty shuttle after drawing 2-all in regulation time.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

2.

It was a bizarre Day 6 of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as all three games played on that day had to be settled through penalty shoot-outs. It was also the first time in the 24-year history of the tournament that witnessed an all-Oceania final.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

3.

The Aussies broke the hearts of their fans when they continued with another lacklustre performance, which was also the reason they lost to India 2-4 the night before.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

4.

Fondly called Kookaz, prior to that game against India, they have not suffered a defeat at this Sultan Azlan Shah tournament since 2010.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

5. Black Sticks fan

When the final whistle blew, New Zealand were declared the new Champions, ending Australia’s 2-year winning streak. The Black Sticks were Champions in 2012, the year when Australia failed to make an appearance.

Event: 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Match 18 – Australia 2 (1) – New Zealand 2 (3)
Venue: Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh
Date: 12th April, 2015
Time: 8.45pm

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