Darwin (Australia): Indian women's hockey team started its campaign in the four-nation tournament on a disappointing note, losing 1-4 against New Zealand, here yesterday.

Pippa Hayward scored a brace (18 min, 47 min) for the Kiwis, while two more goals from Anita McLaren (51 min) and Petrea Webster (53 min) took the game away from the visitors.

The Indians pulled one back through Anuradha Devi Thokchom Speaking after the game, India's chief coach Neil Hawgood said, "We have to take care of the ball when we get it more judiciously.

We had a lot of the ball today, especially in the second half when we were countering very strongly. Our final ball around the circle let us down though. "The scoreline doesn't justify exactly how close the game was, and that is unfortunate.

"We won't let it get us down though, and will look at the positives to build for the next match."