But that did little to impress New Zealand Hockey chief executive Ramesh Patel, who labelled Sparc's decision "lop-sided"...
"Our take is the women's team is still on the world stage, they are ranked 11, which is disappointing, but they are still there. To be told they are getting no funding is hard to understand."
Though cuts were expected for the Black Sticks after their poor showing in Beijing, their complete scratching has left Patel dumbstruck.
While men's hockey would have $140,000 of service credits for the Academy of Sport next year, Patel wondered what the 25 women players were supposed to do.
I should also note that women's football has had a significant funding boost. Maybe the women's hockey player should change codes?