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Black Sticks to fight for place in final

Black Sticks to fight for place in final

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<p>Australia have defeated the Vantage Black Sticks to book a spot in the Pioneer Energy Tri Nations final</p>
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Australia have defeated the Vantage Black Sticks 3-0 to book an automatic spot in the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations final in Cromwell.<br>
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The Hockeyroos kept a clean sheet against New Zealand while Savannah Fitzpatrick, Ambrosia Malone and Stephanie Kershaw all scored from the field to seal the result.<br>
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The Kiwis will now face off against Japan in a must-win playoff at 4:30pm on Saturday, with the winner going through to meet Australia in the final.<br>
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Saturday’s playoff and the final on Sunday will both be streamed live at <a href="http://www.tab.co.nz/">www.tab.co.nz</a> and the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page.<br>
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Head coach for the series Sean Dancer said it was disappointing not to make more of their opportunities.<br>
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“While the score may not suggest it, I thought we played some very good hockey in patches. Credit to Australia’s defence which really closed down a lot of our attacking game,” he said.<br>
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“We know we need to be better and Saturday’s playoff against Japan offers a good challenge to try and progress to the final.”<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/">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">CLICK HERE for more on the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 0</strong><br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA 3:</strong> (Savannah Fitzpatrick 14’, Ambrosia Malone 40’, Stephanie Kershaw 57’)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 1-0</p>
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