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New Zealand Men through to semi finals

New Zealand Men through to semi finals

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<p>The New Zealand Men are guaranteed a chance to play for a medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games</p>
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Despite being edged 2-1 by Australia in their final pool game, the New Zealand Men are guaranteed a chance to play for a medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.<br>
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It was a typical trans-Tasman battle with both sides leaving everything out on the turf in an end-to-end encounter from start to finish.<br>
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World number one ranked Australia opened the scoring in the 20<sup>th</sup> minute when Jacob Whetton netted from a tight angle.<br>
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Trent Mitton doubled Australia’s advantage with a 57<sup>th</sup> minute field goal before the Kiwis pulled a goal back when Cory Bennett smashed home a reverse shot from a penalty corner deflection shortly before fulltime.<br>
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The result sees New Zealand finish second in Pool A with three wins and one loss, setting up a semi final match-up on Friday night against Pool B winners India.<br>
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Captain Arun Panchia said it was an extremely hard fought game but one that will help his side going into the semi finals.<br>
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“It’s not the result we wanted but I think we can take a lot out of the match, it was a very competitive game against a world class Aussie side so it’s good build up for the semis,” he said.<br>
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“Australia are ranked number one in the world and were favourites going in so for us to come away with a performance like that was pleasing. <br>
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“We’re looking forward to the challenge on Friday night and know what we have to do to book a place in the gold medal match.”<br>
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New Zealand 1: </strong>(Cory Bennett 59’)<br>
<strong>Australia 2: </strong>(Jacob Whetton 20’, Trent Mitton 57’)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 1-0<br>
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