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Black Sticks Women beaten in Argentina opener

Black Sticks Women beaten in Argentina opener

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been defeated 3-0 by hosts Argentina in the first of six tests in Buenos Aires</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Hernan Pablo Barrios</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been defeated 3-0 by hosts Argentina in the first of six tests in Buenos Aires.<br>
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World number three ranked Argentina controlled much of the possession, scoring twice in the first half and adding a third goal in the fourth quarter.<br>
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The Black Sticks played a much better second half but weren’t able to threaten the goal, earning just one penalty corner in the match.<br>
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<span>Midfielders Stephanie Dickins and Tessa Jopp along with goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon all made their New Zealand debut during the game.</span><br>
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Assistant coach Sean Dancer said his young side battled through some early nerves but it wasn’t enough to overcome the fast and attacking home side.<br>
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“The quality of our basics were not good enough. Argentina are a top tier team and we need to execute better under pressure,” he said.<br>
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“At stages our structure was compromised and that can happen with a new group like this. We will address those key areas and look forward to the challenge of game two tomorrow.”<br>
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The Black Sticks are back in action in game two at 10:00am tomorrow morning (NZ time), with the <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/SQYKrcmFbP7" target="_blank">game streamed live online.</a><br>
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<a href="http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/vantage-black-sticks-women-vs-argentina-1" target="_blank">CLICK HERE for more on the Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Argentina</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 0</strong><br>
<strong>ARGENTINA 3:</strong> (Campoy 2, Granatto)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Argentina 2-0<br>
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