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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks have muscled into the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations final in stunning fashion</p>
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The Vantage Black Sticks have muscled into the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations final after a stunning come from behind win over Japan which went down to a deciding shoot-out.<br>
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Japan had the Kiwis on the ropes and heading toward elimination after opening a 3-1 buffer in the 40<sup>th</sup> minute, before the hosts turned the tide in the dying minutes.<br>
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Samantha Harrison turned the momentum for New Zealand in the 57<sup>th</sup> minute with a diving deflection to bring her side within one goal of equalising.<br>
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The Black Sticks earned three successive penalty corners with just 10 seconds left on the clock before being awarded a stroke right on fulltime, which Olivia Merry converted to force a shoot-out with the score level 3-3.<br>
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Goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon once again proved her status as one of the world’s best one-on-one shot stoppers saving all four of Japan’s attempts, while Merry and Ella Gunson netted to seal a 2-0 shoot-out result.<br>
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New Zealand now progress to the final against Australia at 2:30pm tomorrow, with live coverage available on the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page and www.tab.co.nz.<br>
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Head coach for the series Sean Dancer said it was good to make it through to the final after a frenetic finish.<br>
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“It’s great the result went our way, I think we had a bit of luck tonight but thankfully that went in our favour and then we stepped up right at the end there,” he said.<br>
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“We didn’t play as consistently as we’d like but I’m proud of how we stuck to our guns. It wasn’t pretty but to get the win is a real credit to them.<br>
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“Grace is proving she’s world class at shoot-outs, so you could feel the excitement when we made it through to that situation which is great.”<br>
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The Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations is proudly supported by presenting partner Pioneer Energy and the Central Otago District Council.<br>
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Odds for games at the Tri Nations are available at <a href="http://www.tab.co.nz/" style="font-family: inherit;">www.tab.co.nz</a> along with a special promotion. Simply download the TAB app, set up a new account, deposit $20 using the promo code 'HOCKEY' and TAB will boost your account with a further $20 as well as give $20 to Hockey New Zealand.<br>
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<a href="http://www.blacksticks.co.nz/News/pioneer-energy-tri-nations-women" style="font-family: inherit;">CLICK HERE for more on the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations</a><br>
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<strong>VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 3: </strong>(Shiloh Gloyn 27’, Samantha Harrison 57’, Olivia Merry 60’)<br>
<strong>JAPAN 3:</strong> (Mai Toriyama 17’, 40’, Yuri Nagai 35’)<br>
<em>New Zealand won shoot-out 2-0<br>
</em><strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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