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Black Sticks blitz India in opening test

Black Sticks blitz India in opening test

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have defeated India 4-1 in the opening match of the series in Pukekohe</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Women have defeated India 4-1 in the opening match of the series at Rosa Birch Park in Pukekohe.<br>
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New Zealand played a complete game on both attack and defence with the midfielders and strikers putting together some creative phases of play.<br>
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The Black Sticks scored two goals in each half with Jordan Grant, Olivia Merry, Rachel McCann and Deanna Ritchie all finding the back of the net.<br>
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Head coach for the series Sean Dancer said it was an impressive way to set the tone.<br>
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“I thought it was a really competitive game, especially early on but we really stepped it up and took control in many aspects,” he said.<br>
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“We did well up front and that was shown by the number and quality of goals we scored. There were some great scoring instincts in the attacking circle and that was a real credit to the girls.<br>
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“All the girls worked hard and put in a good performance today but we can’t be complacent, we need to go away and focus on test two on Tuesday night.”<br>
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The Kiwis made a fast start from the opening whistle and controlled much of the possession as India struggled to find passing channels.<br>
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Grant opened the scoring in the 13<sup>th</sup> minute after getting the final touch on a cracking shot at goal from Merry.<br>
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The Black Sticks doubled their lead 10 minutes later thanks to a passage of play which saw McCann fire a perfect pass to Merry who slotted a goal through the keeper’s legs.<br>
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India responded after the halftime break with Anupa Barla sneaking behind the New Zealand defence to score and claw back at the deficit.<br>
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The Kiwis continued fighting against the more settled Indians but extended their lead to 3-2 in the 43<sup>rd</sup> minute when Grant smacked a shot at goal for McCann to deflect in on the dive.<br>
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Ritchie sealed the result in stunning fashion five minutes from fulltime when she put pressure on the Indian fullback and stole the ball before lobbing over the keeper’s head.<br>
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With a day off tomorrow, both teams are back in action in the second test at Pukekohe at 7pm on Tuesday night with live coverage through the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nzblacksticks">Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page.</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 4: </strong>(Jordan Grant, Olivia Merry, Rachel McCann, Deanna Ritchie)<br>
<strong>INDIA 1:</strong> (Anupa Barla)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> New Zealand 2-0<br>
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