Hockeyroos in box seat after NZ deadlock

The Hockeyroos have all but secured top spot in their Commonwealth Games pool after playing out a tense scoreless draw with fierce rivals New Zealand.

Led superbly by captain Stacey Michelsen, the Black Sticks had multiple opportunities to score in a dominant second half but could not land the decisive blow.

A New Zealand win would have booked a place in the semi-finals, however with a game in hand against hockey minnows Scotland on Tuesday, Australia are likely to leapfrog their trans-Tasman counterparts.

Finishing first in their pool would avoid a likely semi-final against top seed England.

The world No.4 Black Sticks were under pressure early in the contest on Monday night, with goalkeeper Sally Rutherford twice called on to save shots in an opening period dominated by the host nation.

New Zealand upped their game in an evenly contested second quarter, which began with Australian keeper Rachael Lynch producing a big foot save after a sizzling Michelsen run.

The Hockeyroos finished the half the stronger, but couldn't take advantage of two penalty corners and had a shot by stand-out midfielder Brooke Peris again denied by Rutherford.

The best chance of the night fell to New Zealand youngster Madison Doar when she found herself one-on-one with Lynch in the third period, but fired her shot just over the crossbar.

The scoreless night means Australia have only scored six goals in three matches - five of which came against lowly Ghana - however Peris remains confident their attack will click at the business end.

"At times in the moment you get frustrated because I see it day to day how brilliant our girls can put away goals. It's only frustrating for them," she told AAP.

"I don't want to put any pressure on them that they need. I back my forward line and they're talented. Those goals will come. It's just about them putting them away."

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