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Four Nations finals schedule confirmed

Four Nations finals schedule confirmed

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks have missed the final at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Tauranga</p>
<span>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have missed out on a spot in the final at the Tauranga leg of the University of Waikato Four Nations following a 3-1 defeat to India.<br>
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Going into the last day of round robin New Zealand needed a win or draw against the world number six ranked Indians to guarantee a place in the final.<br>
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India’s victory saw them move up to top of the table before Belgium came through with an emphatic 4-1 win over Japan to also jump the Kiwis based on a superior goal difference.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks will now have to settle for a third place playoff against Japan at 12:00pm before India and Belgium face off in the final at 2:00pm.<br>
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Both tests will be streamed live and then available on demand through the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/nzblacksticks/">facebook.com/nzblacksticks</a>).<br>
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India made a fast start to their clash against the Kiwis, lighting up the score board after just two minutes thanks to a Harmanpreet Singh penalty corner strike.<br>
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The visitors doubled their advantage in the 21<sup>st</sup> minute when Dilpreet Singh slipped through the defence for a field goal.<br>
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The Black Sticks lifted after the halftime break but still battled to break down the dogged Indian defensive unit.<br>
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Kane Russell kept New Zealand in the game late in the third quarter when he hammered a straight hit past the goalkeeper from a penalty corner.<br>
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Indian captain Manpreet Singh gave his side a buffer once more following a 47<sup>th</sup> field goal with New Zealand unable to mount a late comeback.<br>
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Experienced midfielder Arun Panchia said it was a tough game against extremely talented opponents.<br>
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“We knew it was always going to be a very tough game and India put together a good performance against us. They played well and deserved their win,” he said.<br>
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“It’s a really tight series here and anyone can beat anyone on their day. We are happy with parts of our game today but know we need to be better tomorrow.”<br>
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Following games in Tauranga, the University of Waikato Four Nations heads to Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton from 24-28 January.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/university-of-waikato-mens-four-nations">CLICK HERE for more on the University of Waikato Four Nations</a><br>
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DAY THREE RESULTS – BLAKE PARK, TAURANGA<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS:</strong> <strong>1 </strong>(Kane Russell)<br>
<strong>INDIA:</strong> <strong>3</strong> (Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> India 2-0<br>
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BELGIUM:</strong> <strong>4 </strong>(Tom Boon 2, Alexander Hendrickx, Amaury Keusters)<strong> <br>
JAPAN:</strong> <strong>1 </strong>(Koji Yamasaki)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Belgium 3-1<br>
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