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Kiwi strikers to play through pain

01†August†2002

Hockey stars will grit their teeth and play in the men's semi-final against Pakistan.

Hayden Shaw

Hayden Shaw is the tournament's top scorer

New Zealandís key duo of captain Simon Towns and tournament top scorer Hayden Shaw will each play through the pain barrier against Pakistan in the menís semi-final on Friday.

Towns and Shaw have scored all of New Zealandís goals in their last two matches against South Africa and Canada.

Defender Shaw has been carrying a top thigh strain throughout the tournament, but it has not prevented him from scoring 11 goals in four games, displaying ruthless finishing from penalty corner routines.

Coach Kevin Towns confirmed after his sideís 3-2 qualification win over Canada that his 29-year-old son and captain, Simon, picked up a broken top joint on his left index finger in New Zealandís opening game against Australia.

Towns is rejecting painkilling injections before games as numbness tends to spread across the whole hand. He also rejects strapping.


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