New Zealand on 12 April 2015 won the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup men’s hockey tournament. In the final clash played at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia, New Zealand defeated World Champions Australia 3-1.
New Zealand’s win was steered by three saves from goalkeeper Devon Manchester.
New Zealand won the title for only the second time since the inception of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup competition in 1983. New Zealand’s first victory came in 2012 against Argentina.
On the other hand, Australia had won the cup in 1983, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Earlier, India defeated South Korea 4-1 in a penalty shootout to clinch the Broze medal (third position). This is the first major win for India in Hockey since it won the Gold medal of Hockey at the Incheon Asian Games 2014 defeating Pakistan in the final.
In another game for fifth position playoff, Canada defeated Malaysia 3-1 in the penalty shootout after both teams were tied at 4-4 in regulation time.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Snapshot
• Champion: New Zealand
• Runner up: Australia
• Third Place: India
• Best Player: Andy Hayward of New Zealand
• Fair Play Award (Raja Ashman Shah Trophy): Canada
• Top scorer: Jamie Dwyer of Australia with 7 goals
• Best Goalkeeper: Devon Manchester of New Zealand
• Man-of-the-match: Mark Knowles of Australia
About Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is an annual international men's field hockey tournament held in Malaysia. It began in 1983 as a biennial contest. The tournament became an annual event after 1998, following its growth and popularity. The tournament is named after the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah, who was an avid fan of field hockey.
Who: New Zealand
When: 12 April 2015