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Australia down Kiwis in opening test

Australia down Kiwis in opening test

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 4-0 by hosts Australia in the first of two tests in Bendigo</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Grant Treeby</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 4-0 by hosts Australia in the first of two tests in Bendigo.<br>
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The young Kiwi side fought well for most of the match and created opportunities but couldn’t find a way past the Kookaburras defence.<br>
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Aidan Sarikaya and George Connell both had solid performances in their international debuts.<br>
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The Kookaburras were led by a double from Jeremy Hayward who struck twice from penalty corners while Josh Pollard and Kiran Arunasalam both scored from the field.<br>
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Vantage Black Sticks assistant coach Bryce Collins said there were plenty of positives to come out of the game which was closer than the score suggested.<br>
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“We did some good things throughout the game and created a number of penalty corners but were unable to convert them,” he said.<br>
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“Australia were clinical as always in their finishing and they took some chances which we are disappointed with and will take a closer look at in our game review.<br>
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“We certainly take some positives forward and will look to tidy up a few areas before another crack at them tomorrow.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks face a rematch against the Kookaburras at 6pm tomorrow before travelling to Melbourne for the International Festival of Hockey.<br>
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New Zealand will play the world number two ranked Kookaburras, Japan and Pakistan from 8-12 November in Melbourne.<br>
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<a href="http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/international-festival-of-hockey">CLICK HERE for more on the International Festival of Hockey</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS: 0</strong><br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA: 4</strong> (Jeremy Hayward 2, Josh Pollard, Kiran Arunasalam)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 2-0<br>
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