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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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International Federation Tournaments

The New Zealand Women's Hockey Association became affiliated to the International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations in 1939. In that year the third conference and tournament for member countries was to have been held in England, but the war intervened. For the next five years women's hockey was just kept alive in this country. In 1945 the national tournament was reinstated and in 1948 an Australian team arrived to take part in the tournament and win the only test by two goals to one. In 1953 the International Federation's tournament was held in England and the New Zealand team returned with 20 games played, 16 won and four lost. A Fijian team came to New Zealand in 1955 and played against local associations, mainly the minor associations, but did not play a test.

The next International Federation tournament was held in Australia in 1956, and the reputation of New Zealand women's hockey was further enhanced when, in 22 matches, the goals were 185 for and 14 against. At the end of the tournament teams from Holland, Scotland, and the United States came to this country and played local associations. The 1959 tournament was in Amsterdam. Before taking part the New Zealand team toured Scotland and Ireland and played South Wales at Newport and Belgium at Brussels. In 14 games they had nine wins, one draw, and four losses. During September 1963 the New Zealand representative team attended the International Tournament in Baltimore at which they were the only unbeaten team. This is not a championship tournament, but the New Zealand team defeated England, which is considered the premier country for women's hockey.