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Black Sticks draw with Spain in second test

Black Sticks draw with Spain in second test

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have drawn 1-1 with hosts Spain in the second of four tests in Barcelona</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Women have drawn 1-1 with hosts Spain in the second of four tests in Barcelona.<br>
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It was an improved performance following Sunday’s narrow loss, with the Kiwis acclimatising better to the hot conditions.<br>
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Spain opened strongly once again and lit up the score board in the 15<sup>th</sup> minute through a Berta Bonastre goal.<br>
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New Zealand lifted following the goal and equalised five minutes out from halftime through Samantha Harrison’s field goal.<br>
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The Black Sticks played an improved second half and caused Spain some headaches on defence but weren’t able to find a winning goal.<br>
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Assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was pleasing to see a noticeable improvement following game one.<br>
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“It was good to see our girls work harder today and lift the level of our play,” he said.<br>
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“It’s still not the standard we know is required but we are moving in the right direction. Spain have developed into a top level team and we are looking forward to the challenge of the next game to level the series.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks tackle Spain in the third test at 6am Wednesday morning (NZT).<br>
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The four test series is part of New Zealand’s build-up for the FIH World League Semi Final in Brussels from 21 June – 2 July.<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 1:</strong> (Samantha Harrison)<br>
<strong>SPAIN 1:</strong> (Berta Bonastre)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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