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Black Sticks dominate India in Hamilton

Black Sticks dominate India in Hamilton

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have continued their dominance over India with a 3-0 win in the fourth test</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Women have continued their dominance over India with a 3-0 win in the fourth test at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton.<br>
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New Zealand looked untroubled from start to finish with striker Rachel McCann scoring a double while Tessa Jopp added her side’s third goal.<br>
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The result give the Black Sticks a 4-0 series lead with the fifth and final test to be played at the same location tomorrow.<br>
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Head coach for the series Sean Dancer said while there were some areas to tidy up, it was pleasing to come away with another win.<br>
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“I thought our structure was a lot better today, I was pleased with how we moved and held the ball,” he said.<br>
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“India played well in defence and certainly improved in the second half, but we were still able to score some really good goals.<br>
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“Going into the final test we aren’t about to take our foot off the gas. Our style is to be aggressive and we will keep pushing to get better.”<br>
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The Kiwis made their early pressure count in the 14<sup>th</sup> minute with Amy Robinson making a cutting baseline run before linking up with Rachel McCann to slot into goal.<br>
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Just three minutes later the Black Sticks were on the board again when Tess Jopp got the final touch on Ella Gunson’s hard shot at goal from a penalty corner.<br>
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McCann scored her second goal of the match close to halftime following a fantastic length of the turf team counter attack.<br>
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Despite chances at both ends of the field, neither side troubled the scorers in the second half.<br>
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New Zealand umpire Kelly Hudson celebrated officiating her 100<sup>th</sup> international test during the match.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks face India in the fifth and final test tomorrow, with live and free coverage on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nzblacksticks">Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page</a> from 2:00pm (NZT).<br>
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Presale tickets for Saturday’s game are still available through the Vantage Black Sticks website (<a href="http://www.blacksticks.co.nz/">www.blacksticks.co.nz</a>)&nbsp;<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/vantage-black-sticks-women-vs-india">CLICK HERE for more on the Vantage Black Sticks vs India series</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 3: </strong>(Rachel McCann 2, Tessa Jopp)<br>
<strong>INDIA 0</strong><br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> New Zealand 3-0<br>
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