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Black Sticks claim bronze at World League

Black Sticks claim bronze at World League

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have won the bronze medal at the World League Semi Final in Brussels</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Planet Hockey</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Women have won the bronze medal after defeating Korea 1-0 at the World League Semi Final in Brussels.<br>
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It was a tight game with very few chances for either side, but defender Brooke Neal provided the pivotal strike with a penalty corner flick just six minutes from fulltime.<br>
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New Zealand held much of the possession throughout the contest but couldn’t hit all cylinders in the attacking half against the defensive Koreans.<br>
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Head coach Mark Hager said it wasn’t their best performance of the tournament, but pleasing to come away with the result.<br>
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“I think we were all feeling a bit flat after yesterday [penalty shoot-out loss to the Dutch], and I don’t think we’ve got over it yet,” he said.<br>
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“Sometimes that happens in sport and you need to be resilient so I was happy that we were able to get that late goal and win the game.<br>
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“On the whole I think we need to be a bit fitter and work on our attacking skills leading into Oceania Cup and the World League Final later this year.”<br>
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The Kiwis come away from the tournament with a record of five wins, one loss and a draw (lost on penalty shoot-out), with a stellar defensive record of just two goals scored against.<br>
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The bronze medal finish earns the Vantage Black Sticks valuable world ranking points as well as qualification for the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London.<br>
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New Zealand also qualified for the FIH Women’s World League Final in Auckland from 17-26 November, although they were already an automatic inclusion as the host nation.<br>
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The Netherlands, China and Korea will join New Zealand at the World League Final, while the top four finishers at the World League Semi Final in Johannesburg will also book a spot.<br>
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<a href="http://www.hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/womens-world-league-semi-final-brussels">CLICK HERE for more on the World League Semi Final in Brussels</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 1: </strong>(Brooke Neal)<br>
<strong>KOREA 0</strong><br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
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